By Associated Press - Friday, February 19, 2021

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A Rhode Island man who was spotted intercepting a package containing almost 5 kilograms (11 pounds) of cocaine from a Providence home has been sentenced to serve more than eight years in prison, prosecutors say.

Felix Castro, 48, of Cranston, was sentenced last week to 15 years behind bars, with 8 1/2 years to serve and the balance suspended with probation, according to a statement Thursday from the attorney general’s office.

He pleaded no contest to possession with the intent to distribute cocaine.

Castro was stopped in his vehicle by Providence police on Feb. 8, 2020, after he was seen intercepting a U.S. Postal Service package from the home.

He told police he was paid to pick up the package and he knew it contained narcotics, prosecutors said. The drugs were confirmed by a trained drug-sniffing police dog.

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