Fentanyl Supplier Sentenced to More Than Six Years in Federal Prison
For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Rhode Island
PROVIDENCE – A Providence man who acted as a supplier of fentanyl to a mid-level drug trafficker was sentenced today to nearly six-and-a-half years in federal prison, announced United States Attorney Zachary A. Cunha.
Keven Restrepo, 32, formerly of Kissimmee, FL, was arrested in September 2021, as the result of a wide-ranging FBI Safe Streets Gang Task Force and Providence Police Department drug trafficking investigation in Rhode Island that resulted in the arrest of sixteen individuals.
According to court documents and information presented to the court, Restrepo set up multiple deliveries of fentanyl to a Providence man, and instructed him on how to “cut,” or increase the weight of fentanyl he was selling to him to increase its volume and provide a greater profit. On at least two occasions Restrepo set-up deliveries that totaled 70 grams of fentanyl.
According to court documents, with judicial approval, law enforcement monitored and recorded telephone conversations in which Restrepo boasted of supplying significant quantities of drugs to others in the past; detailed how to “cut” and increase the volume of drugs; and discussed obtaining a firearm.
At the time of his arrest on federal drug trafficking charges, Restrepo was on bail and awaiting sentencing in Rhode Island state court, having been convicted of multiple firearm and assault charges in a case in which an individual was shot in a gang-related incident and suffered serious injuries.
In the matter charged in federal District Court, Restrepo pleaded guilty on December 12, 2022, to a charge of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl. He was sentenced today by U.S. District Court Judge Mary S. McElroy to seventy-seven months in federal prison to be followed by four years of federal supervised release.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Stacey A. Erickson.
The Rhode Island FBI Safe Streets Gang Task Force consists of agents and law enforcement officers from the FBI, United States Marshals Service, Central Falls Police Department, Cranston Police Department, Pawtucket Police Department, Providence Police Department, West Warwick Police Department, Woonsocket Police Department, and Rhode Island State Police.
Updated April 27, 2023
Press Release Number: 23-54