U.S. Department of Justice
Peter F. Neronha
United States Attorney
District of Rhode Island
July 24, 2012
Gang Member Sentenced to Federal Prison for Trafficking Firearms on Providence Streets
Trini Fuentes sold firearms on four occasions to ATF undercover agent
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A gang member, who admitted to illegally trafficking firearms on the streets of Providence and to illegally selling firearms on four occasions to a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) undercover agent, was sentenced today in federal court to 46 months in federal prison. The sentence, imposed by U.S. District Court Judge John J. McConnell, Jr., is the longest sentence recommended under Federal Sentencing Guidelines in this matter.
Trini Fuentes, 24, of Providence, pleaded guilty on May 3, 2012, to four counts of felon in possession of a firearm, as charged in a federal grand jury indictment returned in September 2011. No plea agreement was filed in this matter.
Fuentes sentence was announced by United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha and Guy N. Thomas, Special Agent in Charge of ATF’s Boston Field Division.
“The lengthy sentence imposed by Judge McConnell today sends precisely the right message: illegally selling firearms, and endangering lives, will land you in a federal prison far from home for a very long time,” commented United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha. “Individuals and organizations that put lives in danger, like the defendant and the criminal gang he is a member of, have the full attention of this Office. We will continue to work with the ATF, the FBI and the DEA, as well as the Rhode Island State Police, the Providence Police Department and any other local police department that seeks federal involvement, to pursue and prosecute those who believe they can illegally sell or use guns with impunity.”
At the time of his guilty plea, Fuentes admitted that on four occasions between March 11 and June 17, 2011, he illegally sold a firearm to an undercover ATF agent. The ATF agent implied that the firearms would be used to commit crimes and then be “dumped.” Two of the firearms sold by Fuentes to the ATF undercover agent were previously reported stolen in North Providence, R.I., and in Dartmouth, Mass.
“I would like to thank all those who participated in this investigation” stated Guy N. Thomas, Special Agent In Charge of ATF’s Boston Field Division. “The court’s stiff sentence should send a strong message to those who choose a life of guns, drugs and violence. ATF is committed to continue to work with our local, state and federal partners to keep our neighborhoods safe.”
The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Richard W. Rose and Ly T. Chin, with the assistance of Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Rogers.