Cranston man sentenced to 15 years in state prison after intercepting a USPS package full of cocaine
CRANSTON, R.I. (WLNE)- A Cranston man will be serving up to 15 years at the Adult Correctional Institutions (ACI) for possession with the intent to distribute cocaine.
Felix Castro, 48, pleaded nolo contendere to the charges in Rhode Island Superior Court.
Police say that they caught Castro with 4.9 kilograms of cocaine on February 8, 2020.
He was stopped by Providence Police after they saw him steal a United States Postal Service package from a home on Verndale St.
Castro told police that he had been paid to intercept the package and knew that it contained cocaine.
Police were able to confirm that there was cocaine in the package after canine officer Magno conducted a sniff test.
Castro will serve a minimum of eight and a half years at the ACI.
Attorney General Peter Neronha commended the Providence Police Department for their efforts, “For the second time this week, the court sentenced a defendant prosecuted by this Office for shipping significant amounts of cocaine – kilo weight amounts – into Rhode Island. I am grateful to the Providence Police Department for their strong work in this case.”