Defendant sentenced for role in multi-state drug ring

Federal courthouse in Providence. Photo by Steve Klamkin WPRO News

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Dominican man who pleaded guilty to his role in a drug ring that distributed fentanyl and cocaine to Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts has been sentenced in federal court to the more than two years he has already served.

Federal prosecutors in Rhode Island say the man  known as Raul Ocasio, whose true name is Eladio Andres Puig Medina, was one of more than two dozen people arrested in 2017 and 2018 in connection with the conspiracy.

Ocasio was recorded on numerous occasions communicating with the admitted leader of the trafficking network, in which they discussed drug purchases.