U.S. Department of Justice
Peter F. Neronha
United States Attorney
District of Rhode Island
November 9, 2012
Armed Drug Dealer Sentenced to Nearly 6 Years in Federal Prison
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – J. Juan Addison, 27, of Providence, was sentenced yesterday in U.S. District Court to 71 months in federal prison for possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute and being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha and Providence Police Chief Colonel Hugh T. Clements, Jr.
U.S. District Court Judge John J. McConnell, Jr. also ordered Addison to serve 3 years supervised release upon completion of his prison term. Addison pled guilty on August 9, 2012.
According to information presented to the court, on February 24, 2012, Addison arrived at his residence as Providence Police detectives were preparing to execute a court authorized search warrant. Addison was detained prior to entering the building, and was found to be carrying nearly 3.5 grams of cocaine and $1,830 in cash. Inside Addison’s residence, detectives discovered a 9mm semi-automatic firearm and ammunition in the basement and, in the kitchen, items used in the preparation and trafficking of cocaine.
According to information presented to the court Addison admitted to a detective that the drugs and the firearm belonged to him. He told the detective that it was his “life” to deal drugs.
Addison has been detained since his arrest on February 24, 2012.
According to information presented to the court, Addison had previously been convicted in Virginia in 2006 of robbery and use of a firearm in the commission of robbery.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul F. Daly, Jr.