Government prosecutors say 30-year-old Michael Persaud, of Johnston, was sentenced Tuesday in government court in Provision for trafficking heroin and fentanyl. He is known as a local rapper named Montana Millz. Prosecutors say an undercover bought about three-quarters of an ounce (22 grams) of fentanyl and a little sum of heroin from Persaud over a four-month period starting in October 2016. Specialists too say they seized 1½ ounces (44 grams) of fentanyl from his home. Persaud’s attorney, Matthew Smith, calls the sentence “fair and just.” Prosecutors had inquired for a six-year jail term. Rhode Island law says a person who is found selling Heroin for distribution could pay a $10,000 to $500,000 Find and could receive up to 50 years in prison as the maximum penalty, unless they are dealing by a school then everything doubles.
Rhode Island imposes lesser sentences for individuals who plead no contest ("nolo contendere") to minor heroin charges, complete 100 hours of community service, and participate in a drug education program. The state also has lighter sentences for convicted drug dealers who are drug dependent than for those who are not (under the rationale that the drug dependent dealer was dealing in order to support their habit instead of simply making money).Drug courts offer non-violent drug offenders the option of entering drug rehabilitation and submitting to regular drug testing instead of serving prison time. In this case the system believes in rehabilitation instead of penalizing the person. In most cases after rehab the patients recover but not %100