Cocaine Trafficker Faces Up to 20 Years in Federal Prison
PROVIDENCE, RI—Kendall Ferrara, 33, of Providence, faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine of $1,000,000 when he is sentenced in July, having pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Providence to trafficking cocaine, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha and Vincent B. Lisi, Special Agent in Charge of the Boston field office of the FBI.
Appearing before U.S. District Court Judge Mary M. Lisi, Ferrara pleaded guilty to one count of distribution of cocaine. At sentencing on July 16, 2015, Ferrara faces statutory penalties of up to 20 years’ imprisonment to be followed by three years to lifetime supervised release, and a fine of up to $1,000,000.
According to court documents and information presented to the court, an undercover FBI Safe Streets Task Force investigation into drug trafficking activities in and around Providence in the fall of 2014 included five purchases of cocaine of varying amounts from Ferrara during a five-week period of time. The purchases totaled nearly 59 grams of cocaine.
Ferrara was arrested by members of the FBI Safe Streets Task Force on February 23, 2015.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ly T. Chin.
The FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force consists of agents and law enforcement officers from the FBI, RI State Police, Providence, Cranston, Woonsocket, Johnston and Central Falls Police Departments and the RI Adult Corrections Institutions.
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