News Release
For Immediate Release:
Contact: Special Agent Tony Pettigrew
Phone: 617-557-2138

August 19, 2008

Providence Man Charged with Marijuana Trafficking

AUG 19 -- (FALL RIVER, MA) - A Providence man was charged today in U.S. District court with federal narcotics offenses. The Indictment resulted from federal, state and local authorities’ efforts to reduce violence in the Fall River area by identifying individuals involved in large-scale drug dealing.

Kevin L. Lane, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration - New England Field Division, United States Attorney Michael J. Sullivan; Gerry Carmody, Acting Inspector in Charge of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and the Chiefs of Police of the Fall River and Somerset, MA, and Tiverton, Warwick and Bristol, RI, Police Departments announced the charges against Jeremy Barnes, age 34, of Providence RI, who was arrested today on federal narcotics offenses, including possession with intent to distribute and distribution of marijuana.

Today’s Indictment is the result of a collaborative effort between Detectives from the Fall River and Somerset, MA, Police Departments, the Tiverton, Warwick and Bristol, RI, Police Departments and federal agents from the DEA and the U.S. Postal Service.

Upon conviction, each charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine of $1,000,000.

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration; U.S. Postal Inspection Service; and police departments from Fall River, MA, Somerset, MA, Tiverton, RI, Warwick RI and Bristol RI. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lisa Asiaf of Sullivan’s Criminal Division.