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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Rhode Island

Friday, January 23, 2015

Heroin Trafficker Pleads Guilty In Federal Court; Faces Additional Federal Prison Term For Violating Terms Of Probation

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Andres Garay, 27, of Providence, faces between 5 – 40 years in federal prison when he is sentenced by U.S. District Court Chief Judge William E. Smith on April 10, 2015, having pleaded guilty today to possessing with the intent to deliver more than 100 grams of heroin, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha and Providence Police Chief Colonel Hugh T. Clements, Jr.

Additionally, according to court documents, at sentencing, the government will recommend that Garay serve a consecutive term of imprisonment of between 12 – 24 months for violating the terms of federal probation imposed in August 2011, for possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute. The court imposed a term of five years probation in that matter.

According to information presented to the court, on June 25, 2014, Providence Police encountered Garay outside his Providence resident where he was found to be in possession of two glassine packets of heroin. A subsequent investigation at the scene led Providence Police to believe that additional quantities of heroin may be stored inside Garay’s residence. A search of the residence resulted in the seizure of 1,850 glassine packets containing various amounts of heroin, two coffee grinders with a total of more than 118 grams of heroin, and various items used in the packaging and distribution of heroin.
Garay has been detained since his arrest.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Adi Goldstein.


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Updated June 22, 2015