Former Woonsocket Couple Admit to Directing Conspiracy That Shipped Dozens of Kilos of Cocaine Into Rhode Island
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Darren Monteiro, 28, of Providence, was sentenced today to 41 months in federal prison on federal drug and firearm charges, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha, Providence Police Chief Hugh T. Clements, Jr., and Daniel J. Kumor, Special Agent in Charge of the Boston Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
At sentencing, U.S. District Court Chief Judge William E. Smith also ordered Monteiro to serve 6 years supervised release upon completion of his prison sentence. Monteiro pleaded guilty on July 23, 2015, to one count each of distribution of heroin and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
According to court records and information presented to the court, an investigation into Monteiro’s drug trafficking activities by the Providence Police Department’s Narcotics and Organized Crime Bureau included four purchases of heroin packets between November 8 and November 19, 2013. In addition, Monteiro arranged with a Providence Police undercover detective to purchase a firearm and ammunition he said that he intended to use to commit an armed robbery. Monteiro was arrested on November 13, 2013, moments after he took possession of a semi-automatic handgun and ammunition.
Monteiro has been detained since his arrest.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Milind M. Shah.
ATF agents assisted Providence Police in the investigation of this matter.
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