Former Woonsocket man gets prison time for drug trafficking

Former Woonsocket man gets prison time for drug trafficking

PROVIDENCE – A former Woonsocket man was sentenced to six-and-a-half years in prison Thursday for drug charges stemming from an FBI investigation.

James Ruth, 31, was arrested by the FBI Safe Streets Task Force last July after he was caught selling crack cocaine. Electronic monitoring devices recorded Ruth selling between 3.2 grams and 27.42 grams of crack cocaine over four different transactions. Each sale, according to information presented to the court, was worth between $170 and $1,200.

He pled guilty in federal court last October. This week, U.S. District Court Judge William E. Smith sentenced him to 77 months in prison followed by four years of supervised release.

U.S. Attorneys Christine D. Lowell and Sandra R. Hebert prosecuted the case.