Guatemalan national sentenced to prison for trafficking

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Pawtucket man has been sentenced to federal prison for trafficking heroin.

U.S. District Court Chief Judge William E. Smith on Wednesday sentenced 37-year-old Jorge Franco to 60 months in prison.

The judge also sentenced Franco to four years of probation following his release.

Franco, a Guatemalan national, also faces deportation.

He pleaded guilty April 1 to possession of heroin with the intent to distribute.

Franco was arrested in June 2014 in Newport after police discovered 947.3 grams of pure heroin and 1,359 grams of potent heroin hidden in several Guatemalan coffee packages in a car he was driving. Police also found nearly 4,000 grams of phenylacetic acid, a substance commonly used to produce methamphetamine, hidden in food packages.

Franco has been detained since his arrest.

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