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U.S. Department of Justice
Peter F. Neronha
United States Attorney
District of Rhode Island

October 7, 2011

COCAINE TRAFFICKER SENTENCED TO 30 MONTHS IN FEDERAL PRISON

More than 1.2 kilos of cocaine, $17,200 in cash and two vehicles seized

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Immanuel Rosario, 29, of Providence, was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Providence to 30 months in federal prison for trafficking in cocaine, announced U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha and Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steven M. Pare.

Rosario was also sentenced to 3 years supervised release by U.S District Court Judge William E. Smith. Rosario pled guilty on March 23, 2011, to conspiracy and possessing cocaine with the intent to distribute.

According to information presented to the Court, during the spring and summer of 2010 Providence Police detectives developed information on a significant cocaine trafficking operation run by Rosario and a co-defendant, Felix Williams Arnod Suriel, a/k/a Hendrick Rivera Bruno. During the investigation, detectives learned that the defendants were expecting a large shipment of cocaine on September 2. Throughout the day the defendants’ movements were monitored and by early evening both men were detained, searched and arrested.

In addition, investigators executed several search warrants on September 2, searching three Providence residences and a vehicle. More than 1.2 kilograms of cocaine, more than $17,200 in cash, a semi-automatic pistol and various items used in the preparation, packaging and sale of cocaine were seized.

Rosario and Suriel have been detained since their arrest.

At the request of the U.S. Attorney, the Court has ordered the forfeiture of $17,241 in cash and two vehicles, a 1995 Toyota Camry and a 2000 Honda Accord.

Felix Williams Arnod Suriel, a/k/a Hendrick Rivera Bruno, pled guilty in federal court on June 3, 2011, to conspiracy and possessing cocaine with the intent to distribute. He is scheduled to be sentenced on November 21, 2011.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Gerard B. Sullivan. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) assisted Providence Police in the investigation of this matter.

Contact: 401-709-5357
USARI.Media@usdoj.gov

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