Three involved in Woonsocket drug trafficking scheme could face up to 40 years in prison

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE)-Three suspects could face anywhere from 5-40 years in prison after pleading guilty on Wednesday to being a part of a drug trafficking scheme to distribute large amounts of crack cocaine and fentanyl in Woonsocket.

Angel Aviles, 20, of Cranston, as well as Juan Batista, 35, and Natalie Cassidy, 27, both of Woonsocket, were a part of a large group that was charged during an investigation by the FBI Rhode Island Safe Streets Gang Task Force. The investigation began back in January of 2020.

Aviles was the seller in the operation, according to court evidence. He would get his supply from Batista, and Cassidy would deliver the drugs to the buyers.

The FBI task force witnessed the trio orchestrate sales at least six times from February 26 to June 23, 2020.

The transactions included deliveries of between 7.4 and 36.2 grams of crack cocaine and 5.3 grams of fentanyl, for between $360 and $1,800.

All three suspects appeared in U.S. District Court on Wednesday.

Aviles pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute 28 or more grams of cocaine base and distribution of 28 or more grams of cocaine base.

Batista pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute 28 or more grams of cocaine base, distribution of 28 or more grams of cocaine base, and possession with intent to distribute 40 or more grams of fentanyl.

Cassidy pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute 28 or more grams of cocaine base, distribution of cocaine base and fentanyl, and possession with intent to distribute 40 or more grams of fentanyl.

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