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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, July 8, 2019

Providence Man Admits to Trafficking Fentanyl and Firearms

PROVIDENCE – A Providence man appeared in federal court in Providence today and admitted to selling fentanyl and firearms on multiple occasions to an individual assisting the FBI Safe Streets Task Force during a Project Safe Neighborhoods investigation into the trafficking of drugs and firearms in Providence.

Appearing before U.S. District Court Chief Judge William E. Smith, Jean Sajous, 28, admitted to the Court that between May 24, 2018 and June 20, 2018, he made multiple sales of fentanyl and on two occasions sold a firearm to a confidential source assisting the Safe Streets Task Force.

Sajous admitted to the Court that he sold the individual a total of 5.34 grams of fentanyl. Sajous also admitted to selling the individual a .25 caliber pistol and a 9mm pistol. Following each transaction, the fentanyl and the firearms were immediately seized by Safe Streets Task Force agents.

Sajous’s guilty plea to two counts of possession with intent to distribute and distribution of fentanyl, one count of unlicensed firearms dealing, and two counts of felon in possession of a firearm is announced by United States Attorney Aaron L. Weisman and Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Boston Division Joseph R. Bonavolonta.

Sajous, who has been detained in federal custody since his arraignment in U.S. District Court on October 2, 2018, is scheduled to be sentenced on October 24, 2019. 

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Helen H. Lee and Terrence P. Donnelly.

Project Safe Neighborhoods is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

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Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Contact: 
Jim Martin (401) 709-5357
Press Release Number: 
19-84
Updated July 8, 2019