Men charged in Rhode Island District Court (2nd Division), Newport, Rhode Island and Rhode Island Superior Court (Newport County), Newport, Rhode Island for Possession with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance (Cocaine), Possession of a Controlled Substance (Cocaine) and Conspiracy.
Newport Police conducting an uncover narcotics investigation arranged to purchase a large quantity of cocaine from a Massachusetts supplier. Police arranged the transaction using the cellphone of another individual who they arrested on drug charges. They seized his phone and with his cooperation, set up the drug purchase using a mobile phone application’s text or instant messaging feature. The agreement was for 500 grams of cocaine for the price of $20,000. The suspected drug supplier arrived by car to the meeting point. He then exited the passenger side of vehicle to conduct the drug transaction with who he believed was a trusted drug customer. Once he realized it was an undercover sting, he fled on foot and tossed a package. Police pursued him and had to use force to take him into custody. Police recovered the package, that contained several hundred grams of cocaine. Police also moved in on the vehicle that had apparently transported the man and arrested the driver. Both men were charged with Conspiracy and Possession with Intent to Deliver Cocaine in violation of Rhode Island criminal law. They initially appeared in Rhode Island District Court and were ordered held without bail. The driver and his family retained Rhode Island Criminal Lawyer John L. Calcagni III, to defend him in this matter.
Dismissed. Drug Possession Attorney John L. Calcagni III first worked successfully for his client’s release on bail. As time passed, he successfully persuaded prosecutors to downgrade the charges against his client to Possession of Cocaine. Attorney John L. Calcagni III then, citing the man’s drug problem, successfully had him admitted to the Adult Drug Court Program. The man entered the program, attended counseling, and passed numerous drug tests by providing clean urine samples for several months. As a result, the case and its felony charge were dismissed and sealed from the man’s record.
Rhode Island District Court (2nd Division) and Rhode Island Superior Court (Newport County), Newport, Rhode Island
Murray Judicial Complex
45 Washington Square
Newport, Rhode Island 02840-2913
Cities and Towns Prosecuted: Jamestown, Little Compton, Middletown, Newport, Portsmouth, and Tiverton.