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Woonsocket Drug Trafficker Sentenced To 4 Years In Federal Prison

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

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – – Juan Carlos Renta, 39, of Woonsocket, was sentenced today to 48 months in federal prison for being in possession of crack cocaine with the intent to distribute, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha and Woonsocket Police Chief Thomas S. Carey.

At sentencing, U.S. District Court Chief Judge William E. Smith also ordered Renta to serve 3 years’ supervised release, the first six months in home confinement with electronic monitoring, following completion of his prison term. Renta pleaded guilty on September 15, 2014, to one count of possession of cocaine base with the intent to distribute.

According to court documents and information presented to the court, based on information developed by Woonsocket Police into the drug trafficking activities by Renta, Woonsocket Police sought and executed a court authorized search warrant at Renta’s residence on May 17, 2013. During the search, Woonsocket Police seized nearly 8 grams of cocaine and 41 grams of crack cocaine. Additionally, detectives seized $1,600 in cash and various items used in the packaging and distribution of cocaine and crack cocaine.

Renta has been detained since his arrest on May 17, 2013.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Gerard B. Sullivan and First Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen G. Dambruch.

The FBI assisted Woonsocket Police in the investigation of this matter.


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Updated June 22, 2015