- Associated Press - Friday, August 7, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A former Rhode Island man has been sentenced to more than 12 years in federal prison for trafficking more than 90 grams of cocaine.

The U.S Attorney’s Office announced Thursday that 41-year-old Richard Palmisano, formerly of Central Falls, was ordered to serve five years of supervised release after his prison term.

Palmisano pleaded guilty in February to six counts of distribution of crack cocaine.

Court records say that an undercover agent from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives purchased drugs from Palmisano five times between April 24 and July 18 of 2014 as part of an investigation.

Officials say a court-authorized search of his home resulted in the seizure of 31 grams of crack cocaine.

Palmisano has been in federal custody since his arrest in August 2014.

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