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RI man pleads guilty to federal arms and drug charges in an investigation that led to Wrentham and Franklin | local news

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Providence – A convicted felon pleaded guilty Monday to federal drug and firearms charges as a result of a classified investigation that led investigators to Wrentham and Franklin.

Joaquin Fabian, 24, of Providence, filed his petition in US District Court for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of cocaine and marijuana with intent to distribute, authorities said.

He was due to be sentenced by Judge Mary S. McIlroy on March 2.

During the investigation, federal agents and Providence police followed Fabian to Wrentham and Franklin where he conducted a drug smuggling trade among other communities in southeastern Massachusetts.

According to court records, the client Fabian met in January in Wrentham was a convicted criminal with a drug history, according to court records.

Fabian was arrested in April in Providence after a chase on foot. At the time, he was released on bail while awaiting trial in state court on assault and firearms charges.

Fabian was also previously convicted in Rhode Island on felony drug charges.

An hour before his arrest, authorities say they followed Fabian to Franklin where he met a client and posted on his social media account a photo of a pistol between his legs in a car.

Investigators later found a loaded 9mm Glock semi-automatic pistol identical to the one in the photo, according to court records.

During a search of his car and home, authorities said they confiscated approximately 65 grams of cocaine, more than two pounds of marijuana, three loaded magazines, about 300 rounds of assorted ammunition, and $1,802 in cash.

He was later charged with six charges, but as part of the plea agreement, the prosecution will dismiss the two weapons charges and the fentanyl possession charge that were part of the original complaint.

Prosecutors are seeking 50-month concurrent sentences but the judge is not obligated to recommend.

Fabian’s arrest followed an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Providence Police.

David Linton can be reached at 508-236-0338.


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