PROVIDENCE, R.I.– James P. Perry, 35, of Pawtucket, faces up to 30 years in federal prison at sentencing having pleaded guilty today to federal drug and firearm charges. Perry was arrested by Pawtucket Police on March 15, 2012, during an undercover investigation into the trafficking of crack cocaine.
Perry's guilty plea to one count each of possession with the intent to distribute cocaine base and felon in possession of a firearm was announced by United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha and Pawtucket Police Chief Paul King.
According to information presented to the court, Pawtucket Police executed a court authorized search of Perry's Pawtucket residence on March 15, 2012, where they discovered and seized approximately 6 grams of crack cocaine; a .357 revolver, a speed loader and 50 rounds of ammunition; and various items used in the preparation, packaging and sale of crack cocaine.
Perry, who has been detained since his arrest, is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge John J. McConnell, Jr. on October 23, 2012. Possession with the intent to distribute cocaine base is punishable by up to 20 years in federal prison followed by between 3 years and lifetime supervised release, and a fine of up to $1,000,000. Felon in possession of a firearm is punishable by up to 10 years in federal prison followed by up to three years of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Milind M. Shah.
The ATF assisted Pawtucket Police in the investigation of this matter