N. Providence man gets 51 months for trafficking, firearms

N. Providence man gets 51 months for trafficking, firearms

PROVIDENCE - Michael Domenech, 28, of North Providence, was sentenced on Oct. 8 to 51 months in federal prison for trafficking crack cocaine and being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha and Col. Steven O’Donnell, superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police.

Domenech was also sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge John McConnell Jr. to serve three years supervised release upon completion of his term of imprisonment. Domenech pleaded guilty on July 10 of this year to one count each of possession of cocaine base with the intent to distribute and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

According to information presented to the court, on Jan. 17, 2013, as part of an ongoing drug trafficking investigation, Rhode Island State Police executed an authorized search of Domenech’s North Providence residence. During the search, police seized five plastic baggies containing approximately 1.2 grams of crack cocaine, nearly $1,400 in cash, various items used in the packaging and distribution of drugs, a loaded .22 caliber pistol and seventeen additional rounds of ammunition.

According to court records, Domenech was previously convicted in Rhode Island state court of a felony crime and sentenced to one year imprisonment to be followed by five years of probation. He was serving his term of probation when he was arrested by Rhode Island State Police.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Milind Shah.