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

February 6, 2012

Cranston Drug Trafficker Sentenced to 76 Months in Federal Prison

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A Cranston, R.I., man, previously convicted in state court and incarcerated on drug trafficking and firearm charges, was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in Providence to 76 months in federal prison on unrelated federal drug trafficking charges. Jeffrey Batres, 29, was also sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge William E. Smith to serve 3 years of supervised release upon his release from federal prison.

Batres was arrested by Cranston police in August 2010 after a court authorized search of his home turned up significant quantities of cocaine and marijuana. A federal grand jury returned a two-count indictment on October 6, 2010, charging Batres with one count each of possession with the intent to distribute cocaine and possession with the intent to distribute in excess of 50 kilograms of marijuana. He pled guilty as charged on June 6, 2011.

Batres’ sentence was announced by U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha and Cranston Police Chief Colonel Marco Palombo, Jr.

According to information presented to the court, on August 24, 2010, Jeffrey Batres was stopped by a Cranston police officer for speeding. In a backpack in his vehicle, Batres had $6,200 in cash, which smelled strongly of marijuana.  The cash was seized and Cranston Police obtained a court authorized search warrant for Batres’ residence. A search of Batres’ home turned up approximately 151 grams of cocaine, approximately 78 kilograms (171 pounds) of marijuana and various items used in the packaging and sale of drugs.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sandra R. Hebert.

The matter was investigated by the Cranston Police Department.

 

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