For Immediate Release
Former Narragansett Couple Sentenced to Federal Prison in Drug Trafficking Conspiracy
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Damon Graham, 34, formerly of Narragansett, was sentenced today to 186 months in federal prison for trafficking cocaine and crack cocaine, and for being a felon in possession of firearms. His wife, Ashley Sekator-Graham, 31, was sentenced on August 14, 2014, to 48 months in federal prison for her role in the trafficking of cocaine and crack cocaine in South Kingstown and Narragansett.
The sentences, imposed by U.S. District Court Judge Mary M. Lisi, are announced by United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha, South Kingstown Police Chief Vincent Vespia, Jr., Narragansett Police Chief Dean F. Hoxsie and Michael Ferguson, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the DEA’s New England field division.
At sentencing, Damon Graham was also ordered to serve eight years supervised release upon completion of his prison term. He pleaded guilty on April 23, 2014, to one count each of possession with the intent to distribute 28 grams or more of crack cocaine, conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 28 grams or more of crack cocaine, possession with the intent to distribute cocaine, conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine and two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Ashley Sekator-Graham pleaded guilty on April 16, 2014, to one count each of possession of crack cocaine with the intent to distribute and conspiracy to possess cocaine with the intent to distribute. At sentencing, Sekator-Graham was ordered to serve five years supervised release upon completion of her prison term.
According to court documents and information presented to the court, an investigation in July 2013 into the distribution of cocaine and crack cocaine in South Kingstown and Narragansett, including undercover drug purchases and electronic surveillance by law enforcement, resulted in the seizure of nearly 109 grams of crack cocaine, 200 grams of cocaine powder, two firearms, $93,701 in cash and the arrest on July 18, 2013, of Damon Graham and his wife Ashley Sekator-Graham.
According to court documents, the investigation and the execution of court authorized search warrants resulted in the seizure of nearly 109 grams of crack cocaine, a 9mm pistol, ammunition and $3,751 in cash from the couple’s Narragansett residence; 201 grams of cocaine, a .38 caliber revolver, hollow-point ammunition and a safe containing $89,950 in cash from a self-storage unit rented by the couple in Narragansett.
The cases were prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Pamela E. Chin, with the assistance of Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul F. Daly, Jr.
Rhode Island State Police and agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives assisted South Kingstown Police, Narragansett Police and the Rhode Island DEA Drug Task Force in the investigation of this matter.
To assist the media and the public, a glossary of federal judicial terms and procedures is available at http://www.justice.gov/usao/justice101/