A 48-year-old Fall River man pleaded guilty to federal charges related to a conspiracy to traffic more than two kilograms of cocaine from Puerto Rico to Rhode Island through the U.S. Postal Service, the Rhode Island District Attorney’s office said in a statement.
David J. Knight told the court that, over an eight-month period beginning in August 2016, he began traveling to Puerto Rico to purchase cocaine that was then packed and shipped to Rhode Island addresses through the U.S. Postal Service, according to the statement.
A U.S. Postal Inspection Service investigation determined that Knight traveled to Puerto Rico at least nine times where he acquired about 250 grams per trip--at least 2,500 grams in total, the statement said.
Knight is the ninth person that has been charged in the U.S. Postal Inspection Service’s investigations to stop the delivery of packages of narcotics to addresses in Rhode Island through the U.S. Postal Service. Postal inspection agents have intercepted more than 100 packages containing at least 250 grams of cocaine being shipped from Puerto Rico to Rhode Island.
Knight pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess more than one kilogram of cocaine with the intent to distribute, and possession of more than one kilogram with the intent to distribute, the statement said.
He is scheduled to be sentenced on June 11, 2019.Sophia Eppolito can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @SophiaEppolito.