Attorney General Peter F. Neronha announced that on Friday April 5, 2019, Kyle Morel (age 28), of Woonsocket, pleaded guilty to counts of possession with intent to deliver fentanyl and carrying a firearm without a license. Superior Court Justice Robert D. Krause sentenced Morel to 10 years, with four years to serve at the ACI and the balance suspended with probation.
Had the case proceeded to trial, the State was prepared to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that in November 2016, the Woonsocket Police Department began investigating Morel for distribution of illegal narcotics. During the investigation, they made three controlled buys of heroin and fentanyl from Morel. On December 22, 2016, members of the Woonsocket Vice Unit executed a search warrant at Morel's residence and discovered approximately 3.5 ounces of fentanyl (100 grams), 1.5 grams of cocaine, a jar of psilocybin mushrooms, a vial of liquid testosterone propionate, cutting agent, a .380 semi-automatic pistol with a full magazine and additional ammunition.
Woonsocket Police Detectives Irwin Harris and Peter Menard led the investigation and Special Assistant Attorney General Edward G. Mullaney prosecuted the case on behalf of the Office of the Attorney General.