Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine and Fentanyl: Probation
Providence Police received a tip that a suspected drug dealer was going to make a large delivery. Police stopped the man’s vehicle for an observed traffic infraction. After observing the man squirm around in his seat, police decided to search inside where they discovered a small bag of cocaine, a handful of fentanyl pills and a large bag containing more than 100 grams of an apparent narcotics cutting agent, which initially tested positive for the presence of fentanyl. The man retained Rhode Island Drug Defense Lawyer, John L. Calcagni III, to defend him in this matter. Given the low quantity of actual drugs found (opposed to what police initially believed) in the man’s possession and his lack of criminal history, Attorney Calcagni persuaded the prosecution and Court to impose a sentence of probation for two years. Under Rhode Island law, this sentence is not considered a criminal felony conviction.