Florida man sentenced to prison for supplying drugs in Providence

United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island. (WLNE)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — A Florida man accused of acting as a fentanyl supplier to a mid-level drug dealer in Providence was sentenced to nearly six-and-a-half years in federal prison.

U.S. Attorney Zachary Cunha said Thursday that Keven Restrepo was arrested in September 2021. He was on bail and awaiting sentencing in Rhode Island for firearms and assault charges at the time.

Cunha said Restrepo set up multiple deliveries of fentanyl to the Providence man and instructed him on how to “cut” or increase the weight of fentanyl he was selling to him to “provide a greater profit.”

Authorities said that on at least two occasions, the 32-year-old set up deliveries that totaled 70 grams of fentanyl.

Cunha said that with the court’s approval, police monitored and recorded telephone conversations where Restrepo “boasted of supplying significant” amounts of drugs to others in past.

He also detailed how to “cut” and increase the volumes of drugs and talked about obtaining guns.

In December 2022, Restrepo pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl.

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