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U.S. Attorney’s Office
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Woonsocket Man Twice Charged with Trafficking Cocaine Sentenced to Prison

PROVIDENCE – A Woonsocket man arrested by members of the FBI’s Safe Streets Violent Gang Task Force in July 2019 and by Woonsocket Police in June 2020 for trafficking crack cocaine was sentenced today to 41 months in federal prison.

According to court documents, beginning in March 2019, during an investigation into the drug trafficking activities of Sean Breton, 28, and others, members of law enforcement surveilled numerous drug transactions, including seven sales of crack cocaine by Breton. Breton pleaded guilty on November 8, 2019, to possession with intent to distribute cocaine base.

Subsequently, in June 2020, while awaiting sentencing on his conviction in federal court, Breton was arrested by Woonsocket Police on drug trafficking, fireworks, and firearm charges. At the time of his arrest, law enforcement seized from Breton’s residence 10 grams of crack cocaine, more than $22,000 in cash, gold jewelry, and two BB guns – one realistically resembling an M4 military weapon, the other a pistol. On August 19, 2020, a federal grand jury returned an indictment charging Breton with possession of cocaine base. He pled guilty on March 4, 2021, as charged in the indictment.

Sean Breton was sentenced today by U.S. District Court Judge William E. Smith to 41 months in federal prison to be followed by three years of supervised federal release, announced Acting United States Attorney Richard B. Myrus,  Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Boston Division Joseph R. Bonavolonta, and Woonsocket Police Chief Thomas Oates.

The cases were prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Christine D. Lowell and Sandra R. Hebert.

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Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
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Contact: 
Jim Martin (401) 709-5357
Press Release Number: 
21-60
Updated May 4, 2021