U.S. Department of Justice
Peter F. Neronha
United States Attorney
District of Rhode Island
October 17, 2013
North Providence Man Sentenced to 51 Months in Federal Prison
on Drug Trafficking, Firearm Charges
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Michael Domenech, 28, of North Providence, R.I., was sentenced on October 8, 2013, to 51 months in federal prison for trafficking crack cocaine and being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha and Colonel Steven G. O’Donnell, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police.
At sentencing, Domenech was also sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge John J. McConnell, Jr. to serve three years supervised release upon completion of his term of imprisonment. Domenech pleaded guilty on July 10, 2013, to one count each of possession of cocaine base with the intent to distribute and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
According to information presented to the court, on January 17, 2013, as part of an ongoing drug trafficking investigation, Rhode Island State Police executed a court authorized search of Domenech’s North Providence residence. During the search, State Police seized five plastic baggies containing approximately 1.2 grams of crack cocaine, nearly $1,400 in cash, various items used in the packaging and distribution of drugs, a loaded .22 caliber pistol and seventeen additional rounds of ammunition.
According to court records, Domenech was previously convicted in Rhode Island state court of a felony crime and sentenced to one year imprisonment to be followed by five years of probation. Domenech was serving his term of probation when he was arrested by Rhode Island State Police.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Milind M. Shah.
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