Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced that Roshon Young (age 36), of Providence, pleaded nolo contendere before Superior Court Justice Bennett R. Gallo to one count of possession of a controlled substance, specially possession of approximately 100 grams of crack cocaine. Under the terms of the plea, Young was sentenced to 15 years, with six years to serve and the remainder suspended with probation.
Had the case proceeded to trial, the State was prepared to prove that Young was a target of a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) investigation into a crack cocaine drug ring operating in the City of Providence. When Young was arrested by Providence Police on September 1, 2016, he was in possession of a large bag of crack cocaine, weighing approximately 100 grams.
DEA Special Agent Anthony Cardello, DEA Task Force Officer Joseph Iannelli, Providence Police Officer John Bento, and Providence Police Detective Ludwig Castro were lead in the investigation and arrest. Special Assistant Attorney General Joseph McBurney prosecuted the case on behalf of the Office of Attorney General.