Providence man sent to prison for drug trafficking charges

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Providence man is going to prison for his part in a conspiracy to traffic cocaine.

Thirty-one-year-old Juan Maldonado was sentenced Friday to three years in federal prison followed by three years of probation.

Maldonado pleaded guilty March 13 to charges of conspiracy to distribute and possess cocaine and attempting to possess cocaine.

Prosecutors say U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents in Puerto Rico discovered two safes each containing 4 kilograms of cocaine inside packages from the U.S. Virgin Islands addressed to Maldonado’s Providence home and another home where his relatives lived.

Undercover investigators delivered the packages and then arrested Maldonado after he left his home with one safe filled with cocaine.

Maldonado’s brother, 24-year-old Elix Javier, who lived with Maldonado, was acquitted in March of conspiracy charges.

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