Providence man who received packages of cocaine in the mail sentenced to federal prison

- In this July 6, 2020, file photo a sign for the Department of Justice Federal Bureau of Prisons is displayed at the Metropolitan Detention Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. While most criminal justice overhauls require action from local officials or legislation, reforming the federal prison system is something President Joe Biden and his Justice Department control. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — A Providence man was sentenced to prison on federal drug and gun charges, prosecutors announced Wednesday.

The United States Postal Inspection Service and the FBI launched a Project Safe Neighborhoods Investigation into the shipment of suspicious packages at Henry Arnaut’s home in November 2020.

Authorities got a search warrant for one of the packages and found a large amount of cocaine.

Arnaut was arrested soon after he picked up the package at the post office.

Police found about 100 fentanyl pills, about $1,180 in cash, several magazines, and ammunition after a search of his home.

Arnaut was legally prohibited from possessing ammunition as a previously convicted felon.

He was sentenced to 26 months in prison followed by three years of federal supervised release.


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