A Woonsocket barber who admitted to preparing and selling crack cocaine in and around his barbershop, among other places, was sentenced Friday to five years in federal prison.

Last March, members of the FBI’s Safe Streets Violent Gang Task Force opened an investigation into the alleged drug dealing of Jason Simpson, 34, and two other men, James Ruth, 31, and Sean Breton, 27. The investigation included electronically monitored controlled purchases of more than 41 grams of crack cocaine.

According to information presented to the court, on July 2, 2019, agents and officers executed a court-authorized search of Simpson’s barbershop and seized a 9mm pistol and two pistol magazines with ammunition. The items were found hidden inside a printer.

Simpson pleaded guilty last October to conspiracy to distribute 28 grams or more of cocaine base. At sentencing Friday, U.S. District Court Judge William Smith sentenced Simpson to 60 months incarceration to be followed by four years of supervised release.

Simpson’s sentence was announced by United States Attorney Aaron Weisman and Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Boston Division Joseph Bonavolonta.

James Ruth pleaded guilty last October to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 28 grams or more of cocaine base, conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine base, and four counts of distribution of cocaine base. He was sentenced on Feb. 6 to 77 months in federal prison.

Sean Breton pleaded guilty last November to conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute cocaine base. He is awaiting sentencing.

The cases are being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Christine Lowell and Sandra Hebert.

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