U.S. Department of Justice
Peter F. Neronha
United States Attorney
District of Rhode Island
June 29, 2012
CAREER OFFENDER SENTENCED TO 10 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON
FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Jose Hernandez, 30, of Central Falls, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Providence on Thursday to 10 years in federal prison for trafficking crack cocaine, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha, Kevin L. Lane, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the New England field division of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and Woonsocket Police Chief Thomas S. Carey.
U.S. District Court Chief Judge Mary M. Lisi also ordered Hernandez to serve five years of supervised release upon completion of his prison term. Hernandez pleaded guilty on March 22, 2012, as charged in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury on July 20, 2011, to one count of possession with the intent to distribute more than 28 grams of cocaine base.
According to information presented to the court, an ongoing drug trafficking investigation in the Woonsocket area by the DEA, DEA Drug Task Force, and Woonsocket Police Department resulted in an undercover purchase of 55.6 grams of crack cocaine in exchange for $2,200 from Hernandez on August 31, 2010. The pre-arranged transaction occurred outside of Hernandez’s Central Falls residence.
Hernandez, a career offender, was previously convicted of four drug offenses, including three convictions for drug trafficking.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Milind M. Shah.