PROVIDENCE, RI – A “full patch” member of the Rhode Island chapter of the Hell’s Angels Motorcycle Club, was sentenced Monday to seven years in federal prison for trafficking methamphetamine and cocaine and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Douglas Leedham, 54, of North Providence, was arrested on Feb. 8, 2019, by members of the Safe Streets Task Force after a court-authorized search of his residence resulted in the seizure of approximately 39 grams of methamphetamine, 21 grams of cocaine, two handguns, a 12 gauge shotgun, two body armor vests, 35 knives, four hatchets, five expandable batons, a set of brass knuckles, $6,422 in cash, and assorted items used in the packaging and distribution of drugs, according to United States Attorney Aaron L. Weisman and Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Boston Division.
Leedham, who pleaded guilty on May 14, 2019, to possession with the intent to distribute 5 grams or more of methamphetamine, possession with the intent to distribute cocaine, and being a felon in possession of a firearm, was sentenced today by U.S. District Court Judge John J. McConnell, Jr., to 84 months in federal prison to be followed by 4 years supervised release.
Leedham was arrested during a Project Safe Neighborhoods drug trafficking investigation by members of the FBI Safe Streets Task Force Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN). The task force is an evidence-based program. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime. The FBI’s Safe Streets Violent Gang Task Force consists of agents and law enforcement officers from the FBI, RI State Police, Providence, Cranston, Woonsocket, Pawtucket, and Central Falls Police Departments, R.I. Department of Corrections, and the Rhode Island National Guard.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul F. Daly, Jr.