Providence man sentenced for trafficking cocaine

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PROVIDENCE, R.I (WLNE) – A Providence man was sentenced to one year and one day in federal prison after admitting to importing cocaine.

According to court documents, in May 2017 and May 2018, 45-year-old, Eliot Figueroa-Rosario was captured on video surveillance shipping parcels to Puerto Rico from the U.S Postal Service Providence Processing and Distribution Center (P&DC). 

A court-authorized search of the packages found the parcels contained $16,000 and $26,000 respect. The money was seized by law enforcement.

A priority mail package address to Figueroa-Rosario’s address mailed three days earlier from Puerto Rico, was intercepted from the mail stream at the P&DC. 

The package was examined by a Rhode Island State Police K-9, which detected the presence of a narcotic odor. 

The contents of the packaged were revealed as 1160 grams of cocaine. 

Several days later, A Postal Service Inspection undercover agent delivered the package to Figueroa-Rosario’s home. He accepted the package and was arrested.

An authorized search of the residence resulted in the seizure of, among other items, evidence of packages shipped from Puerto Rico to the residence, and $6,500 found hidden in a vent on the floor. 

Figueroa-Rosario was also ordered to serve three years supervised release upon completion of his term of incarceration and to forfeit $32,500 seized by law enforcement.

He pleaded guilty on December 7th, 2018, to attempted possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine.