Providence man sentenced to five years in federal prison for selling methamphetamine

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – As a result of ATF Task Force and FBI Safe Streets Task Force undercover Project Safe Neighborhoods investigation, a Providence man was sentenced today to five years in federal prison for trafficking methamphetamine.

According to court documents, Jason Moriera, 39, sold an individual 56.6 grams of methamphetamine for $2,000.  Law enforcement was able to intervene and quickly seize the drugs.

Moriera was indicted by a federal grand jury in September 2018. He pleaded guilty on May 22, 2020, to possession with intent to distribute and distributing 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.

Today, while appearing before U.S. District Court, Moreira was sentenced to 60 months in federal prison, followed by 4 years’ supervised release.

Upon investigation, twenty-six individuals were indicted, more than two-dozen firearms, and a substantial amount of heroin, crack cocaine, fetanyl, and methamphetamine were seized.

A significant amount of the individuals arrested as a result of these Project Safe Neighborhoods were associated with street gangs.

Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s crime reduction efforts.  Through PSN, a variety of stakeholders work to identify violent crimes within the community and develop solutions to address them.

©WLNE-TV/ABC6 2020

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