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Convicted Felon Sentenced to 7 Years in Prison on Firearm Charge

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

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Momoh Fahnbulleh, 38, of Providence, was sentenced today to 84 months in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha and Providence Police Chief Colonel Hugh T. Clements, Jr.

At sentencing, U. S. District Court Chief Judge William E. Smith also ordered Fahnbulleh to serve three years supervised release upon completion of his prison term. Fahnbulleh pleaded guilty on March 2, 2015, to a single-count indictment charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

According to court records and information presented to the court, in October 2013, as a result of information developed during an investigation into Fahnbulleh’s alleged drug trafficking activities, Providence Police sought and executed a court authorized search warrant at Fahnbulleh’s residence. During the search, detectives and officers seized a loaded 9mm semi-automatic handgun. There were 15 rounds of ammunition in the magazine and one in the pistol’s firing chamber.

Additionally, law enforcement seized numerous items used in the packaging and distribution of cocaine.

Fahnbulleh has been detained since his arrest on October 3, 2013.

According to court records, Fahnbulleh was previously convicted in Rhode Island state court on multiple felony charges, including drug trafficking and firearm charges.

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

Agents from ATF assisted Providence Police in the investigation of this matter.




Jim Martin (401) 709-5357


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Updated November 30, 2015

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