Providence heroin dealer sentenced to federal prison

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — United States District Attorney Zachary Cunha announced a Providence drug dealer was sentenced to federal prison.

Cunha said on Monday, 35-year-old Giancarlo Fermin frequently and repeatedly engaged in similar conduct in the past despite his multiple convictions.

According to court documents, Fermin was arrested in August of 2021 in his home after members of the FBI Safe Street Task Force executed a search warrant.

Officers conducting the search said they seized the following from Fermin’s residence:

  • Two fully-loaded guns
  • Ammunition
  • 16 grams of heroin
  • Packaging materials used in illicit narcotic sales
  • One digital scale
  • More than 2,000 blue miniature paper envelopes

Authorities reported during the search, Fermin threw additional envelopes containing heroin out the window of his home.

Fermin later admitted to authorities that the two guns were for “protection.”

“Today’s sentence makes it clear that career criminals like Fermin who refuse to learn from their mistakes by repeatedly breaking the law and threatening the safety of others will be held accountable,” said Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Boston Division.

Fermin pleaded guilty in November of 2022 to charges of posession with intent to distribute heroin, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Fermin was sentenced to serve seven years in federal prison, followed by three years of federal supervised release.



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