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City man pleads guilty to federal cocaine charge

February 14, 2012

WOONSOCKET — A 46-year-old city man faces a mandatory minimum of five years in federal prison after pleading guilty yesterday to federal charges of selling cocaine from an auto repair business in the city.
Pablo Marino Chala, 46, formerly of 89 Bourdon Boulevard, also faces at least four years of supervised release when he is sentenced in May, U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha said.
Chala pled guilty in U.S. District Court Tuesday to one count of distributing 28 or more grams of crack cocaine and two counts of distributing crack cocaine.
Chala’s drug-dealing activities were targeted as part of a long-term, joint Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force and Woonsocket Police Department investigation into drug trafficking in Woonsocket.
According to court records, Chala sold crack cocaine from his business, Arnold’s Tire & Auto. He admitted in court that he sold a combined 102 grams of cocaine, or slightly less than four ounces, on three occasions between January and June 2011.
The same person purchased all of the cocaine during transactions monitored by DEA agents and the Woonsocket police, according to Neronha.
A resident alien from the Dominican Republic, Chala was arrested shortly after the third transaction, which took place on June 28. He has been detained since his arrest.
He is to be sentenced before U.S. Judge John J. McConnell Jr. on May 3. Chala faces up to 80 years in federal prison, with a minimum mandatory sentence of five years; up to lifetime supervised release, with a minimum mandatory four years; and up to $7 million in fines.


Prison Time = Taxpayers $$$

February 15, 2012 by John556 (not verified), 3 years 28 weeks ago
Comment: 883

100 years ago this crap was legal, now they want taxpayers to pay to keep all these people in jail.


Make all of this legal and get the freaks off the worst of the drugs where they are out killing innocent people.

It took 13 years of prohibition, to find out it was never going to work. They didn't repeal prohibition because booze was determined to now be healthy for people. They repealed it to get rid of all the crime & corruption associated with it.

And all the cost in policing, prosecuting, and imprisoning people.

Would you sentence a guy that offered you a beer from his sixpack to YEARS in prison?

Well before prohibition it would have been legal to offer the beer, but during the 13 years of prohibition, he could have been sentenced to YEARS in prison for offering you a beer.

Now of course it’s legal to again offer your buddy a beer from your sixpack. No prison sentence.

See? The morality of the situation NEVER changed, ONLY THE LAWS!

And since when is having the punishment worse than the offense done any good? Authorities always say how drugs destroy people’s lives, and YEARS in prison don’t?!?!

Around 80% of people in prisons are there for drug related crimes. States are going broke trying to imprison them all.
We have the highest rate of people imprisoned in the world!

That’s not the point of legalizing them.

But it would get the drug money out of the hands of gangs, foreign mobsters, and the rest.

And with taxes it would bring in revenue to pay for programs to control it. And with a new industry we would get much needed jobs created.

And this would get rid of all the other problems associated with them, and it would give us a chance to try to 'control' the problem more, like we have done with alcohol and cigarettes.

We have fought this “War on Drugs” for decades, to continue to do the same thing and expect a different result would be insanity.

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