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

February 17, 2012

Providence Man Sentenced to 5 ½ Years in Prison on Federal Drug and Firearm Charges

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Amauris Luciano, 22, of Providence, was sentenced today to 66 months in federal prison on federal charges of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute heroin; possession with the intent to distribute heroin; and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha and Providence Police Chief Colonel Hugh T. Clements, Jr.  U.S. District Court Chief Judge Mary M. Lisi also ordered Luciano to serve three years of supervise release following his prison term.

A co-defendant in this case, Jose Muriel, 27, of Providence, was sentenced by Chief Judge Mary M. Lisi on January 20 to 84 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release on charges of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute and distribution of heroin. Luciano and Muriel, arrested by Providence Police in February 2011, pled guilty on October 4, 2011.

According to information presented to the court at the time of the defendants’ guilty pleas, Providence Police developed information that Jose Muriel was trafficking heroin from his apartment. During a surveillance of Muriel’s residence, detectives watched as Luciano drove up, retrieved suspected narcotics from inside the gas cap of his vehicle, entered Muriel’s apartment and then leave a short time later. Luciano’s vehicle was stopped by police and detectives seized more than 6 grams of heroin in 16 bags from under the gas cap of the vehicle.  Police also seized $2,356 in cash from Luciano.

According to information presented to the court, detectives also watched as Muriel left his apartment, place an item under the driver side undercarriage of a van and then drive to a nearby gas station.  Police detained Muriel and seized a magnetic “hide key” storage box from under the van that contained 24 bags of heroin.  The bags matched heroin bags seized from Luciano’s vehicle.

Providence detectives obtained and executed search warrants at the residences of the defendants. From the residences, vehicles and from the defendants police seized a total of 38.7 grams of heroin, $4,326 in cash and various items used in the distribution of heroin. Detectives also seized a .25 caliber handgun and ammunition from Luciano’s residence. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives determined that the firearm was previously reported stolen from Warren, R.I.

The cases were prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Gerard B. Sullivan, Ly T. Chin and Richard W. Rose.

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