PROVIDENCE – A Providence man found by law enforcement in possession of more than 50 grams of crystal meth and two firearms was sentenced today to five years in federal prison, U.S. Attorney Zachary announced. A. Cunha.

Sean M. Francis, 34, pleaded guilty on February 16, 2022 to possession with intent to distribute 5 grams or more of methamphetamine and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.

According to court documents, a Safe Neighborhoods Project investigation in November 2019 by members of the Rhode Island FBI Street Safety Task Force, the Rhode Island Police High Intensity Drug Trafficking Zone Task Force Rhode Island State and the Warwick Police Department determined that Francis regularly received packages containing pound-quantities of crystal meth shipped from Arizona. Francis stored the methamphetamine in his residence and distributed the drugs to others.

On November 7, 2019, the FBI task force and other law enforcement personnel conducted a court-authorized search of Francis’ residence and found several packages of crystal meth, totaling 51 grams; items used in the distribution of methamphetamine; a handgun, a quick loader and 14 rounds of .357 magnum ammunition; a revolver without a serial number; and dozens of crystal meth smoking pipes and needles.

At sentencing today, U.S. District Court Chief Judge John J. McConnell, Jr. sentenced Francis to 60 months in federal prison, followed by four years of federal probation. . The court ordered Francis to serve the first six months of his probation sentence in a rehabilitation center.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Sandra R. Hebert and Christine D. Lowell.

United States Attorney Cunha thanks the Providence Police Department for their assistance in the investigation of this case.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for all. . On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a Violent Crime Reduction Strategy strengthening the NSP based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community organizations that help prevent violence, establishing targeted and strategic strategies implementation priorities and measurement of results.

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