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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
District of Rhode Island

For Immediate Release

Friday, August 8, 2014
Peter F. Neronha
, United States Attorney
Contact: Jim Martin

Central Falls Resident on Probation for Robbery Ordered Detained in Federal Custody for Allegedly Trafficking Crack Cocaine

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A joint investigation by ATF agents and Central Falls Police has resulted in the arrest and detention of a Central Falls resident for allegedly trafficking crack cocaine and the seizure of more than 128 grams of crack cocaine, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha, Daniel J. Kumor, Special Agent in Charge of the Boston Field Division of ATF, and Central Falls Police Chief Colonel James J. Mendonca.

Richard Palmisano, 39, was ordered detained by U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Patricia A. Sullivan on Thursday on charges of possession of 28 grams or more of crack cocaine and possession of 28 grams or more of crack cocaine with the intent to distribute. According to information presented to the court, at the time of his arrest Palmisano was serving a term of probation on sentences imposed previously in Rhode Island state court on convictions of first and second degree robbery.

According to an affidavit in support of a criminal complaint filed with the court, an investigation by ATF agents and Central Falls Police into Palmisano’s alleged drug trafficking activities allegedly included five separate purchases of crack cocaine between April 24 and July 18, 2014, from Palmisano of between 7.45 grams and more than 31grams of crack cocaine for between $400 and $1,700.

According to the affidavit, it is alleged that the undercover ATF agent continued to communicate with Palmisano, and on July 22, 2014, the agent received a text message allegedly from Palmisano which stated, “Yo let me know if u need something?” The agent subsequently arranged a purchase of 31 grams of crack cocaine, which was to have occurred yesterday.

According to information presented to the court, ATF agents and Central Falls Police arrested Palmisano on Thursday as he arrived for a scheduled appointment in Pawtucket. A court authorized search of Palmisano’s Central Falls residence on Thursday by ATF agents and Central Falls Police, with the assistance of Rhode Island State Police and Providence Police, resulted in the seizure of the 31 grams of crack cocaine that was to have allegedly been sold to the undercover agent.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Milind M. Shah


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