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  • Warwick Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison on Meth, Firearms Charges

    The US District Courthouse in Providence, RI.

    The US District Courthouse in Providence, RI.

    PROVIDENCE,  — Jon Cascella, 49, of Warwick, convicted in December for selling methamphetamine and being a felon in possession of a firearm while drug trafficking, learned he’s been sentenced to 10 years on Thursday.

    Cascella was convicted Dec. 5, 2017, on four counts of distribution of methamphetamine, two counts of distribution of 5 grams or more of methamphetamine, and one count each of possession with intent to distribute 5 grams or more of methamphetamine, being a felon in possession of a firearm arm and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking.

    He was sentenced by U.S. District Court Chief Judge William E. Smith, who also ordered Cascella to serve 7 years supervised release at the end of his term.

    According to the government’s evidence presented at trial, on five occasions between March 29 and May 4, 2017, Cascella sold between 1.5 grams and 7.7 grams of methamphetamine to a Warwick undercover police officer for between $100 and $750. The transactions were electronically monitored and recorded. Beginning shortly after the first transaction, Cascella repeatedly expressed an interest in purchasing a firearm for protection. The undercover officer agreed to assist Cascella obtain a firearm.

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    According to the government’s evidence, on May 4, 2017, Cascella met with an ATF undercover agent who exchanged a .380 caliber semi-automatic handgun and $600 in cash for 7.4 grams of methamphetamine. A storage garage where the transaction for the firearm took place was outfitted with several law enforcement video and audio recording devices. Cascella was arrested moments after he took possession of the firearm.

    A court authorized search of Cascella’s residence following his arrest resulted in the seizure of approximately 9.6 grams of methamphetamine.

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

     The matter was investigated by ATF and the Warwick Police Department.

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