Woonsocket man sentenced to serve 5 years in state prison on drug trafficking and firearm charges

 

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Attorney General Peter F. Neronha announced that a Woonsocket man was sentenced in Providence County Superior Court to serve five years at the Adult Correctional Institutions (ACI) after pleading to drug trafficking and firearm charges stemming from an investigation by the Woonsocket Police Department into fentanyl distribution in the city in 2020.

 

Javier Celado (age 32) pleaded nolo contendere to one count each of conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance, fentanyl, on eight separate occasions; possession with intent to distribute fentanyl; conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute fentanyl; possession of one ounce to one kilogram of fentanyl; conspiracy to possess one ounce to one kilogram of fentanyl; and possession of a firearm while possessing with intent to distribute a controlled substance, fentanyl.

 

At a hearing on June 15, before Superior Court Justice Robert D. Krause, the court sentenced Celado to 10 years at the ACI with five years to serve and the balance of the sentence suspended with probation. The court also sentenced Celado to a consecutive two-year suspended sentence with two years of probation for the firearm offense.

 

“Drug traffickers moving significant amounts of fentanyl and armed with guns, as tools of their trade, are a threat to the safety of Rhode Islanders,” said Attorney General Neronha. “Too often that dangerous combination has caused tragic outcomes in in our communities, which is why perpetrators like the defendant here are a top target of law enforcement investigatory efforts. I am grateful for the strong work of the Woonsocket Police Department during the investigation of this case.”

 

Had the case proceeded to trial, the State was prepared to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that on July 7, 2020, following a months-long investigation into fentanyl distribution, members of the Woonsocket Police Department executed search warrants of two residences and a vehicle, seizing significant amounts of fentanyl, a handgun, and drug paraphernalia.

 

That day, investigators searched a residence on Roberta Avenue and seized 285.1 grams of fentanyl and drug paraphernalia. Investigators also searched a home on Morin Heights and seized additional drug paraphernalia.

 

During a search of Celado’s vehicle, investigators seized 318.6 grams of fentanyl and a Sig Sauer P226 handgun.

 

In total, investigators seized over 600 grams of fentanyl.

 

Special Assistant Attorney General Alison Bittl of the Office of the Attorney General and Detectives Thomas Beargeon and Kevin L’Heureux of the Woonsocket Police Department led the investigation and prosecution of the case.

 

###

 
A key FDA advisory panel is weighing whether to recommend approval of Pfizer COVID booster shots. An all-day hearing is underway and a recommendation from the independent panel is expected later today. There is a controversy over whether COVID boosters are needed.       Supporters of far-right figures and extremist groups are being told to stay away from tomorrow's rally in Washington in support of Capitol riot suspects. They say the "Justice for J6" protest rally is a trap set up by the federal government. Local and federal law enforcement agencies say they don't expect more than 700 people to attend.        A Fox News drone is out of the sky after being grounded by the Federal Aviation Administration. It was shooting video of thousands of migrants sheltering under a bridge along the border with Mexico. The FAA has put a two-week flight restriction in place over Del Rio, Texas for "special security reasons."        Gas prices are climbing to their highest level in seven years. Today's Triple-A national survey finds the average price of regular is up three-tenths of a cent, to three-19-point-four a gallon. That's a cent and-a-half higher than one week ago and more than a penny a gallon up from the average a month ago.        The search for a missing Florida woman is taking shape in a community in Wyoming. Park Rangers are starting a ground search in Jackson Hole for 22-year-old Gabby Petito who was last seen nearby at Grand Teton National Park in late August. She'd been on a cross country road trip with her fianc before being reported missing earlier this month.        Plans are in the works to remove the third murder hornet nest found this year in the Pacific Northwest. It's a more difficult job because it's located 20 feet up in a tree, and Washington Department of Agriculture officials say they need special equipment to reach it. There's word that there might also be a fourth nest.