News Release
May 11, 2007

Prospect Heights Crack Cocaine Dealer is
Sentenced to 126 Months in Prison

MAY 11 -- A federal judge today sentenced Jorge L. Henriquez, 23, of Central Falls, to 126 months in federal prison for selling 80 grams of crack cocaine in the Prospect Heights housing project in Pawtucket. Henriquez is the second defendant sentenced to at least ten years in prison as a result of a joint investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration and Pawtucket Police into drug trafficking in Prospect Heights.

June W. Stansbury, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration in New England and United States Attorney Robert Clark Corrente announced the sentence, which U.S. District Court Judge William E. Smith imposed in U.S. District Court Providence. Assistant U.S. Attorney Zechariah Chafee represented the government at the sentencing.

In January, Henriquez pleaded guilty to two counts of possessing with intent to distribute crack cocaine. At the plea hearing, Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard W. Rose said that the government could prove that, on August 8, 2006, Henriquez sold 54 grams of crack cocaine for $1,600 in the vicinity of Prospect Street and Beverage Hill Road. Then on August 23, he sold 26 grams of crack cocaine and a .25 caliber pistol for a total of $1,100. Agents monitored the transactions on both occasions.

Henriquez has been identified as a member of a gang known as the Prospect Heights Posse, and has a tattoo on his right wrist that reads, “PHP.”

Last week, Judge Smith sentenced Samuel Ross, 27, to ten years in prison for selling 61 grams of crack and a nine millimeter handgun. Two other defendants have pleaded guilty to charges brought as a result of the Prospect Heights investigation: John L. Kimbrough, 38, of Pawtucket, who is also known as “Country,” and Fernando Torres, 22, of Pawtucket. Charges are pending against three other men.

Pawtucket Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force conducted the investigation, with assistance from the U.S. Marshals Service and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Detectives from the Newport, Pawtucket, Providence, East Providence, Warwick, Middletown, and Bristol police departments are assigned to the DEA Task Force.