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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 7, 2019

Providence Man Admits to Trafficking Guns and Drugs

PROVIDENCE - A Providence man today admitted in federal court to participating in a conspiracy to sell fentanyl and firearms to a person assisting the FBI Rhode Island Safe Street Task Force in a Project Safe Neighborhoods investigation.

Appearing before U.S. District Court Chief Judge William E. Smith, Agustin Navedo, 30, admitted to the Court that on five occasions between April 3 and May 11, 2018, he sold an individual approximately 10 grams of fentanyl for between $650 and $750 dollars.

Additionally, Navedo admitted that on May 11, 2018, he sold the individual a .40 caliber pistol and a .380 caliber pistol for $1,350.

Navedo today pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute and distribution of 40 grams or more of fentanyl, five counts of possession with the intent to distribute and distribution of fentanyl, conspiracy to engage in unlicensed dealing in firearms, and unlicensed dealing in firearms.

 Navedo’s guilty plea is announced by United States Attorney Aaron L. Weisman and Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Boston Division.

Navedo, who is detained in federal custody, is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Court Chief Judge William E. Smith on April 26, 2019.

Two co-defendants arrested and charged in this matter, Yerry Abreu-Jimenez, 26, and Emmanuel Miamen, 24, of Providence, are awaiting trial in federal court.

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

 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.

The FBI Safe Street Task Force is comprised of members of law enforcement from the Central Falls Police Department, Cranston Police Department, Pawtucket Police Department, Providence Police Department, Woonsocket Police Department, and Adult Correctional Institutions.

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Topic(s): 
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Contact: 
Jim Martin (401) 709-5357
Press Release Number: 
19-11
Updated February 8, 2019