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District of Rhode Island

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, June 3, 2016

Heroin Trafficker Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Wilkins Robles-Tejada, 29, of Providence, was sentenced today to 60 months in federal prison for trafficking heroin. Tejada was arrested by Providence and Cranston Police in February 2015.

At sentencing, U.S. District Court Chief Judge William E. Smith also ordered Tejada to serve 5 years supervised release upon completion of his prison term. Tejada pleaded guilty on February 8, 2016, to one count of possession with the intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin.

Tejada’s sentence is announced by United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha, Providence Police Chief Colonel Hugh T. Clements, Jr., and Cranston Police Chief Colonel Michael J. Winquist.

According to court documents, in February 2015, Providence Police detectives initiated an investigation into Tejada’s drug dealing activities in and around the City of Providence. On at least two occasions, an individual assisting Providence Police made purchases of heroin from Tejada while subject to police surveillance. During the course of the investigation, Tejada was seen by law enforcement visiting a Cranston residence on numerous occasions.

On February 20, 2015, members of the Providence Police Narcotics Unit and Cranston Police Special Investigations Unit executed a court authorized search warrant at the Cranston residence Tejada repeatedly visited. From inside a locked basement room law enforcement determined Tejada was using for his drug trafficking activities, law enforcement seized approximately 981 grams of heroin, 95 grams of cocaine, 19 grams of fentanyl, and a firearm.

Tejada has been detained since his arrest on February 20, 2015.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Gerard B. Sullivan.

Members of the Rhode Island DEA Drug Task Force assisted Providence Police and Cranston Police in the investigation of this matter.

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Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
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Press Release Number: 
16-58
Updated June 3, 2016