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Providence Man Sentenced in Project Safe Neighborhoods Guns and Drugs Investigation

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE – A Providence man who admitted selling fentanyl and firearms on multiple occasions was sentenced today to more than three years in federal prison.

Jean Sajous, 28, admitted to the Court in July that between May 24, 2018, and June 20, 2018, he made multiple sales of fentanyl. He also admitted to selling two firearms. The transactions took place at a time when members of the FBI Safe Street Task Force were conducting a Project Safe Neighborhoods investigation into Sajous’ criminal activity.

At the time of his guilty plea, Sajous admitted to the Court that he sold an individual a total of 5.34 grams of fentanyl, a .25 caliber pistol, and a 9mm pistol. All of the transactions were monitored by members of the Safe Streets Task Force. Agents seized the fentanyl and the firearms immediately following each transaction.

Sajous was sentenced today by U.S. District Court Chief Judge William E. Smith to 37 months in federal prison to be followed by 3 years supervised release, announced United States Attorney Aaron L. Weisman and Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Boston Division Joseph R. Bonavolonta.

Sajous pleaded guilty on July 8, 2019, 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.

The case was 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.



Jim Martin
(401) 709-5357

Updated November 6, 2019

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Press Release Number: 19-143