2012-11-08 / News

Defendants from NK raid sentenced

Adilson A. Reyes, 31, of Utah, one of three men arrested in January 2011 during the seizure of 65 kilos of cocaine and more than $1.2 million in cash in North Kingstown, was sentenced recently to 135 months in federal prison.

U.S. District Court Chief Judge Mary M. Lisi also ordered Reyes to serve five years of supervised release upon completion of his prison term. Reyes pleaded guilty in April 2011 to conspiracy to distribute more than 5 kilograms of cocaine.

Armando Saucedo, 33, of California, a co-defendant in the matter, was sentenced on Nov. 1 to 156 months in federal prison. The third defendant, Andrew Rios, 42, of California, is scheduled to be sentenced in federal court on Jan. 11, 2013.

In September 2010, law enforcement officers, working in conjunction with the Rhode Island attorney general’s office, developed information about the traffi cking of cocaine from outside Rhode Island into the state. The investigation led investigators to monitor activity at hotels in West Greenwich and Pawtucket, several vehicles, and a storage facility in North Kingstown.

In January 2011, officials executed search warrants and seized 65.07 kilos of cocaine, $1,245,070 in cash and a firearm from two vehicles and a storage facility in North Kingstown.

The matter was investigated by the DEA Drug Task Force, Rhode Island State Police, and officers from the Warwick, Woonsocket and East Providence police departments.

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