Woonsocket man sentenced to five years for drug trafficking

Woonsocket man sentenced to five years for drug trafficking

WOONSOCKET – A Woonsocket man was sentenced to five years in state prison this week for drug trafficking and firearms charges stemming back to a 2020 investigation.

Javier Celado, 32, pled no contest to his involvement in a drug trafficking scheme uncovered by Woonsocket police. He faced several charges of possession and conspiracy to deliver fentanyl as well as possession of a firearm with intent to deliver fentanyl.

Celado was sentenced to 10 years at the ACI with five years to serve and five years of probation. He was also sentenced to two years of probation for the firearms charge.

Celado was charged after police found 318.6 grams of fentanyl and a Sig Sauer P226 handgun in his during a July 2020 search. They also seized 285.1 grams of fentanyl and drug paraphernalia from two homes on Roberta Avenue and in Morin Heights.

“Drug traffickers moving significant amounts of fentanyl and armed with guns, as tools of their trade, are a threat to the safety of Rhode Islanders,” said Attorney General Peter Neronha. “Too often that dangerous combination has caused tragic outcomes in our communities, which is why perpetrators like the defendant here are a top target of law enforcement investigatory efforts. I am grateful for the strong work of the Woonsocket Police Department during the investigation of this case.”