U.S. Department of Justice
Peter F. Neronha
United States Attorney
District of Rhode Island
October 3, 2011
WEST WARWICK CRACK DEALER SENTENCED TO
5 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A 37- year-old West Warwick man was sentenced Friday to 60 months in federal prison for being in possession of more than 43 grams of crack cocaine with the intent to distribute, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha.
Hermano G. Verissimo, Jr. was also ordered by U.S. District Court Judge John J. McConnell, Jr. to serve 4 years supervised release. Verissimo pleaded guilty on June 30, 2011, to one count of possession with the intent to distribute cocaine base.
According to information presented in court, in early January 2011 members of the Rhode Island State Police High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force (HIDTA) developed information that Verissimo was actively involved in dealing crack cocaine in the West Warwick and Warwick areas. HIDTA members conducted numerous surveillances in which they witnessed Verissimo participate in several illegal drug sales.
Verissimo was arrested on January 21, 2011 after state police stopped his vehicle and HIDTA agents discovered 11 individually wrapped pieces of crack cocaine and $2,401 on his person. Verissimo also consented to a search of his West Warwick apartment where HIDTA agents seized a large piece of crack cocaine that was wet; a small plastic bag containing approximately 14 separate pieces of crack cocaine; and a digital scale and other drug paraphernalia used to process and distribute crack cocaine. Verissimo told agents that some of the crack cocaine seized was wet because he had just “cooked it up.” In total, agents seized 43.40 grams of crack cocaine.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Gerard B. Sullivan. The matter was investigated by agents from HIDTA and by the Rhode Island State Police.