U.S. Department of Justice
Peter F. Neronha
United States Attorney
District of Rhode Island
May 9, 2011
NORTH SMITHFIELD MAN PLEADS GUILTY IN FEDERAL COURT TO DRUG TRAFFICKING
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Wayne Simon, 36, of North Smithfield, pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court in Providence to a four count indictment charging him with trafficking in cocaine, oxycodone and marijuana, and being a felon in possession of ammunition.
The defendant’s guilty plea before U.S. District Court Chief Judge Mary M. Lisi was announced by United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha and North Smithfield Police Chief Steven E. Reynolds.
Simon pleaded guilty as charged to one count each of possession of cocaine, oxycodone and marijuana with the intent to distribute, and one count of being a felon in possession of ammunition. No plea agreement was filed in this matter.
According to court documents and information presented to the court by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sandra Hebert, North Smithfield Police developed information that the defendant was trafficking in cocaine and marijuana from his residence. Based on their investigation, officers secured the defendant’s residence while detectives obtained a search warrant. While officers waited for the detectives to arrive, Simon arrived home and tried to force his way past officers into the residence. The defendant violently resisted the officers, injuring at least two of them.
Once detectives executed the warrant, they discovered 327 grams of cocaine, 2244 grams of marijuana, 353 oxycodone pills (30 mg), a quantity of ecstasy, and numerous other pills. Detectives also found packaging material, ledgers, five scales, an assortment of .22 caliber and 9mm ammunition, and a safe containing $29,100. Detectives also seized from Simon’s person $1,257 in cash, oxycodone and marijuana.
Simon, who has been detained since his arrest, is scheduled to be sentenced on July 27, 2011. He faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, a fine of $1,000,000, and a minimum of 3 years to life of supervised release on each charge of trafficking in cocaine and oxycodone; a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison, $250,000 fine and 2 years supervised release for trafficking in marijuana; and up to 10 years in prison; $250,000 fine; and 3 years supervised release for being a felon in possession of ammunition.
Federal agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) assisted in the investigation.