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

January 25, 2012

Woonsocket Drug Trafficker Pleads Guilty in Federal Court

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Jose Vasquez, 38, of Woonsocket, pled guilty in U.S. District Court in Providence today to trafficking cocaine and crack cocaine. Vasquez was arrested in October 2011 during a DEA Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation into drug trafficking in Woonsocket. The investigation in the summer of 2010 resulted in the arrest of six individuals in separate cases on various drug related charges, announced U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha and Kevin L. Lane, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the New England field division of the Drug Enforcement Administration.

According to information presented to the court, Vasquez was arrested after selling narcotics on two occasions. Vasquez admitted to the court that on July 8, 2010, he sold 92.8 grams of cocaine to another person in exchange for $3,800 cash; and on August 25, 2010, he sold 54.9 grams of crack cocaine to another person in exchange for $2,200 cash. 

Vasquez, who has been detained since his arrest, faces a mandatory 5 years and up to 60 years imprisonment to be followed by up to a life term of supervised release when he is sentenced on April 27, 2012, by Chief U.S. District Court Judge Mary M. Lisi.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Milind M. Shah. 

Woonsocket Police assisted the DEA in the investigations.



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