News Release
May 18, 2007

Career Offender is Sentenced to 220 Months In
Federal Prison for Crack Deals

MAY 18 -- A federal judge today sentenced David Gallagher, 36, formerly of Newport, to 220 months in federal prison for trafficking in crack cocaine. Gallagher, who was arrested in Newport last year after a joint investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Newport Police, has several prior felony convictions, and was sentenced as a career offender.

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 today in U.S. District Court, Providence. In November, Gallagher pleaded guilty to possessing with intent to distribute 9.5 grams of crack cocaine. At the plea hearing, Assistant U.S. Attorney Sandra R. Beckner said the government could prove that, on four occasions in March and April of 2006, Gallagher sold crack cocaine in amounts ranging from 6.7 to 9.7 grams.

After a federal grand jury indicted Gallagher in May 2006, agents arrested him at a motel in Newport. They seized from his motel room 23 grams of crack, 13 grams of powder cocaine and drug-trafficking materials.

Gallagher, whose last known address is on Whitmarsh Street, Providence, has prior convictions that include robbery, drug trafficking, a firearms offense, and assault on a correctional officer.

Gallagher's indictment resulted from a joint investigation last year by Newport Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force into drug trafficking in Newport. Detectives from the Newport, Pawtucket, Providence, East Providence, Warwick, Middletown, and Bristol police departments are assigned to the DEA Task Force.