U.S. Department of Justice
Peter F. Neronha
United States Attorney
District of Rhode Island
October 28, 2011
ARMED HEROIN TRAFFICKER SENTENCED TO 70 MONTHS IN FEDERAL PRISON
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Juan Funes, 39, of Providence, was sentenced Friday to 70 months in federal prison on heroin trafficking and federal firearm charges. Funes was arrested by Providence Police in November 2010, following an investigation which included several undercover purchases of heroin, and the execution of several search warrants and the seizure of more than 122 grams of heroin, $11,000 in cash and two firearms.
The sentence, imposed by U.S. District Court Judge William E. Smith, was announced by U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha and Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steven M. Pare.
According to information presented to the Court, on November 22, 2010, Providence Police encountered Funes while he was a passenger in a vehicle. Detectives seized a plastic bag with 75 packets (34.8 grams) of heroin that Funes tried to hide, along with more than $1,000 in cash discovered on Funes’ lap and in his pockets. In addition, detectives discovered a black bag in the trunk of the vehicle which contained 25.5 grams of heroin and a loaded .45 caliber handgun.
Providence Police also obtained and executed search warrants on two Providence residences used by Funes and a vehicle owned by Funes in which they seized varying amounts of heroin, cash, .45 caliber ammunition and a Carbine rifle.
In total, police seized 122.1 grams of heroin, $11,069 in cash, two firearms and assorted items used in the trafficking of heroin. Funes admitted to police that the drugs, cash, firearms and ammunition were his and that he used the firearms to protect the drugs and his drug trade.
The matter was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard W. Rose. The matter was investigated by the Providence Police Department with the assistance of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).