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Cape Cod Resident Sentenced for Trafficking Meth

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE – A Provincetown, Mass., man found passed out in his vehicle by Warwick police and to be in possession of more than 230 grams of methamphetamine in August 2017 was sentenced today to three years supervised release and fined $20,000, having pleaded guilty in U.S District Court in Providence in November 2018 to possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.

Gregory Lee, 50, was arrested by Warwick Police on August 4, 2017, after officers responded to a 911 call of a person passed out inside a vehicle. After several attempts, officers were able to roust Lee who nervously began looking around his vehicle, under his body and legs, and grabbing at various items within the vehicle. Lee was ordered by police to exit the vehicle.

After exiting the vehicle, Lee, who was observed by police to be sweating profusely, fidgety, shaking uncontrollably, and unable to stand still, allow officers to search the vehicle. From inside a backpack located on the front seat, officers seized two large plastic bags of methamphetamine. The bags of weighed 115.9 grams and 115.6 grams. 

Lee’s sentence, imposed by U.S. District Court Chief Judge William E. Smith, is announced by United States Attorney Aaron L. Weisman, Warwick Police Chief Colonel Rick Rathbun, and Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New England Field Division Brian D. Boyle.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Gerard B. Sullivan and Ly T. Chin.

United States Attorney Aaron L. Weisman acknowledges and thanks the DEA Drug Task Force for their assistance preparing this case for prosecution.

The Rhode Island DEA Drug Task Force is comprised of law enforcement personnel from the DEA, Rhode Island State Police, and East Providence, Central Falls, Coventry, Cranston, Newport, North Kingstown, Pawtucket, Providence, South Kingstown, Warwick, West Warwick and Woonsocket Police Departments.



Jim Martin
(401) 709-5357

Updated April 5, 2019

Drug Trafficking
Press Release Number: 19-37