Associated Press: Plea Expected in RI Police Drug Probe

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – A lawyer for a man charged along with four Providence police officers in a drug-dealing investigation says his client has agreed to enter a plea as soon as next week to
resolve the case against him.

John Coughlin, a lawyer for Albert Hamlin, tells The Associated Press on Friday the plea could come as soon as Wednesday in Providence Superior Court.      

Coughlin says it's unclear whether Hamlin will enter a guilty or a no-contest plea. He says the amount of prison time his client would serve under the deal is also unknown, but he expects the
overall sentence to be capped at 20 years.

Hamlin was charged this year along with his brother Robert, a Providence police officer, and three others in a drug dealing operation.

A prosecutor handling the case declined to comment.

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