North Providence man waiting for trial faces new drug, gun charges

This is a photo of Keurys Pena in court, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014. (WLNE)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — A North Providence man waiting for a trial is now facing new drug and gun charges.

Keurys Pena, 33, is being held in custody after allegedly dealing fentanyl powder and pills, as well as being illegally in possession of a gun.

On Tuesday, Federal Bureau of Investigation agents and Providence police executed court-authorized search of Pena’s home and a drug stash house that he allegedly operated in Pawtucket.

From the stash house, police seized over 500 grams of fentanyl in pill and powder form, cutting agents, scales, sifters, and other packaging materials. In his home, police found ammunition, an unsecured firearm, and a pill press.

On several occasions between June 9 and Oct. 6, Pena sold a person fentanyl pills and powder in quantities that ranged from 1.66 grams to 238.5 grams, according to court documents.

Court documents alleged that he sold the individual 909.4 grams of narcotics, in total, for $14,770. On Sept. 8, Pena also allegedly sold the same person a handgun.

Pena is charged with distribution of 40 grams or more of fentanyl and unlawful possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.

He has been convicted multiple times on drug trafficking charges, according to documents.

Additionally, he has been convicted on firearm, assault, domestic assault, forgery, breaking and entering, and assault/escape of an inmate charges.

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