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District of Rhode Island

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Heroin Trafficker, Probation Violator Sentenced To Nearly 6 Years In Federal Prison





PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Andres Garay, 28, of Cranston, was sentenced today to 69 months in federal prison for trafficking more than 100 grams of heroin and for violating the terms of his federal probation on a previous drug trafficking conviction.

Garay pleaded guilty on January 23, 2015, to one count of possessing with the intent to deliver more than 100 grams of heroin. At the time of his arrest in June 2014, Garay was serving a term of five years federal probation imposed in August 2011, for possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute.

Garay’s sentence, imposed by U.S. District Court Chief Judge William E. Smith, is announced by United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha and Providence Police Chief Colonel Hugh T. Clements, Jr.

According to information presented to the court, on June 25, 2014, Providence Police encountered Garay outside a residence and 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 that residence. A court authorized 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 on June 25, 2014.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Adi Goldstein.

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