PAWTUCKET â€“ A city man prosecutors call a career offender has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for trafficking in oxycodone, a pharmaceutical painkiller similar to heroin.
Audi Pineda, 39, was also ordered to serve three yearsâ€™ supervised release upon the completion of his sentence. He appeared in U.S. District Court this week before Judge John McConnell.
In October 2012, a jury convicted Pineda of conspiracy and two counts of possession of oxycodone with the intent to deliver, according to federal prosecutors.
During a two-day trial, the Pawtucket police and federal agents testified they found 33 oxycodone pills and three cell phones when they searched Pineda at a barber shop where he works, in August 2011. Pineda was carrying some of the incriminating evidence, and some was in his work area.
A separate search of Pinedaâ€™s residence resulted in the discovery of a hidden compartment built into a basement wall which contained more than twelve grams of cocaine. In a separate location in a wall near a basement bathroom agents discovered a plastic bag containing $36,000 in U.S. currency.
Federal prosecutors also presented evidence of drug deals that came from Pinedaâ€™s cell phones in the form of text messages.
The jury acquitted Pineda of one count of possession with the intent to distribute cocaine.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Milind M. Shah. The sentence was announced by United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha; John J. Arvanitis, special agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administrationâ€™s New England Field Division; and Pawtucket Police Chief Paul King.