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Convicted Drug Trafficker Pleads Guilty to Firearm Charge

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

PROVIDENCE – Andre T. Dupree, 26, of Warren, pleaded guilty today in federal court in Providence to being a felon in possession of a firearm. Dupree was arrested by Newport Police in March 2017, after loaded semi-automatic firearm was seized from him during a routine motor vehicle traffic stop.


Dupree’s guilty plea before U.S. District Court Judge John J. McConnell, Jr., is announced by Acting United States Attorney Stephen G. Dambruch and Newport Police Chief Gary T. Silva.


According to information presented to the court, on March 24, 2017, a Newport police officer stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. Dupree was a front seat passenger in the vehicle. At the time of the traffic stop, Dupree was in possession of a loaded 9mm semi-automatic handgun and a bag containing 50 rounds of 9mm ammunition.


According to Rhode Island state court records, Andre Dupree was convicted in 2012 on two counts of drug trafficking. He was sentenced to 4 months incarceration to be followed by 5 years and 8 months probation.


Dupree, who is detained in federal custody, is scheduled to be sentenced in federal court on August 31, 2017 .


The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Milind M. Shah.


Acting United States Attorney Stephen G. Dambruch thanks the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for their assistance in the preparation of this matter for prosecution.




Jim Martin (401) 709-5357
on Twitter @USAO_RI

Updated June 19, 2017

Firearms Offenses
Press Release Number: 17-64