Former city man sentenced for cocaine trafficking

Former city man sentenced for cocaine trafficking

PROVIDENCE – A former Woonsocket resident was sentenced to five years in prison on Thursday after pleading guilty to brokering sales of more than 28 grams of crack cocaine.

Christian Nieves, 34, was arrested last July as part of a citywide FBI investigation into the trafficking of fentanyl, cocaine and crack cocaine in Woonsocket. In October, Nieves admitted to arranging sales of crack cocaine from David Kennedy, 29, also a former city resident. Nieves was present for the transactions and paid a fee for his role in the sales, according to police.

On Thursday, U.S. District Court Chief Judge John McConnell Jr. sentenced him to 60 months in federal prison followed by four years of supervised release. Kennedy has also pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute and is scheduled to be sentenced in February.

Both men were arrested following an investigation by the FBI along with local police.