West Warick man sentenced for trafficking fake oxycontin pills

West Warwick Police Department. (WLNE)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — A West Warwick man was sentenced on Wednesday after selling fentanyl-laced pills as oxycontin to an undercover officer.

Police said that Richard Delsanto, 29, was sentenced to four years in prison. He pleaded guilty to distributing 40 grams or more of fentanyl and possession with intent to distribute 400 grams or more of fentynal.

According to court documents, in April and May of 2021, an undercover DEA officer texted back-and-forth with Delsanto to buy 1,000 counterfit oxycontin pills known to contain fentanyl.

The officer bought the pills for $5,000. After, the DEA officer set up a second delivery. Nine days later, Delsanto’s car was stopped and police found about 3,000 pills containing fentanyl. An additional 700 pill were found at Delsanto’s home.

Delsanto pleaded guilty on Feb. 16, 2022, to distributing 40 grams or more of fentanyl and possession with intent to distribute 400 grams or more of fentanyl.

He was sentenced Wednesday to 48 months in federal prison to be followed by five years of federal supervised release.

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