News Release
June 7, 2007

Operation Crackdown Defendant Sentenced to
20 Years for Crack, Guns

JUN 7 -- A federal judge today sentenced Juan Forbes, of Providence, to 20 years in prison for trafficking in crack cocaine and guns. Forbes is one of several defendants charged last year with federal offenses as a result of a joint investigation by Providence Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration called Operation Crackdown.

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 Senior U.S. District Court Judge Ernest C. Torres imposed in U.S. District Court.

Forbes, of Burnett Street, who is also known as “Weezy,” pleaded guilty in February to conspiracy, distributing 50 grams or more of crack cocaine, and three counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm. At the plea hearing, Assistant U.S. Attorney Sandra R. Beckner said the government could prove that, in September 2006, Forbes sold 58 grams of crack cocaine, and that, on three occasions in September and October, Forbes sold a handgun.

A prior drug trafficking conviction subjected Forbes, 21, to a mandatory 20-year sentence. In another case resulting from Operation Crackdown, U.S. District Court Judge William E. Smith on May 11 sentenced Donnell A. Jenkins, 28, of Northup Street, Cranston, to 200 months in federal prison for twice selling crack cocaine last year. Jenkins has three prior drug-trafficking convictions.

Operation Crackdown, led by Providence Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force, focused on street-level drug trafficking, primarily in the vicinity of the Lockwood Plaza housing development. The U.S. Marshals Service and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives also contributed to it. Detectives from the Newport, Pawtucket, Providence, East Providence, Warwick, Middletown, and Bristol police departments are assigned to the DEA Task Force.