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

September 13, 2012

Providence Man Found Guilty on Drug Trafficking and Firearm Charges

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – On September 12, 2012, after a three day trial, the defendant, Juan Colon, 22, of Providence, RI, was found guilty of being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number, and marijuana trafficking by a federal court jury in Providence, RI.  The charges resulted from an arrest made by the Providence Police on December 5, 2011.  The defendant was arrested when the police executed a search warrant at his Providence residence.  Police seized one loaded firearm as well as cocaine and marijuana from defendant’s residence, and two additional loaded guns from vehicles associated with the defendant. 

The case was tried before the Honorable William E. Smith.  The jury convicted the defendant of possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number.  Defendant was acquitted of one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine, and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking. 

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Paul F. Daly and Milind M. Shah.

Colon’s conviction was announced by Peter F. Neronha, United States Attorney for the District of Rhode Island; Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division; Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steven M. Pare; and Thomas N. Guy, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms.



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