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UPDATE: Providence Officer Pleads Guilty In Operation Deception

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Former Providence police officer Robert J. Hamlin Jr. pled guilty to three counts of conspiracy on Friday, related to his involvement in Operation Deception. 

Judge Robert Krause sentenced Hamlin to a 10 year sentence, with three years to serve. 

Robert Hamlin is the brother of Albert Hamlin and, prior to his arrest, he was working as a Providence Police Officer assigned as a school resource officer at Central High School.  He pled today to two counts of conspiring with Albert Hamlin to deliver cocaine and one count of conspiracy to deliver marijuana.

Only one case in Operation Deception now remains open, against Khalid Mason, who is scheduled for trial on February 28th. 

Two other defendants, Albert Hamlin and former Providence Police Officer Joseph Colanduano, pled guilty and are awaiting sentencing.


A Providence police officer arrested during a widespread drug investigation is expected to plead guilty to all three counts against him and be sentenced.

A person familiar with the case tells The Associated Press that Patrolman Robert Hamlin is expected to enter the pleas Friday afternoon. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the hearing has not happened yet.

The attorney general's office says Hamlin is due in Providence Superior Court at 2 p.m.

Hamlin was 1 of 4 officers indicted in the probe led by state police. Two have pleaded either guilty or no contest, and charges have been dropped against the fourth.

Hamlin is accused of shielding his brother, Albert, from arrest on drug dealing charges. Albert Hamlin is awaiting sentencing on drug charges.

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