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Providence Resident Admits to Trafficking Fentanyl and Methamphetamine

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

PROVIDENCE – A Providence man admitted to a federal judge on Tuesday that he possessed nearly 449 grams of methamphetamine and 64 grams of fentanyl that was intended for distribution, announced United States Attorney Zachary A. Cunha.

According to information presented to the court, John Walker, 51, was detained by a member of the DEA Drug Task Force on March 3, 2022, moments after he left his Providence residence- a location where, as he acknowledged to a federal judge, he had just sold an individual a small amount of methamphetamine.

According to information presented to the court, at the time of his arrest, Walker was found to be in possession of approximately 59 grams of methamphetamine and $5,902 in cash. Walker told agents that he had additional narcotics inside an apartment that he described as a “drug den,” and provided them with a door code to enter the residence and directions as to where the drugs would be found.

Inside the apartment, DEA personnel located and seized approximately 449 grams of methamphetamine and approximately 64 grams of fentanyl.

Walker pleaded guilty on Tuesday to a charge of possession with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine and to a charge of possession with intent to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl. He is scheduled to be sentenced on September 19, 2023. The defendant’s sentences will be determined by a federal district judge after consideration of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Paul F. Daly, Jr., and G. Michael Seaman.

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Jim Martin

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Updated June 15, 2023

Topic
Drug Trafficking
Press Release Number: 23-71