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Officer Pleads No Contest to Drug Charges

Boston Globe via YellowBrix

December 30, 2010

PROVIDENCE — One of four Providence police officers caught up in a State Police drug investigation pleaded no contest yesterday to two misdemeanor charges, and charges against another officer were dropped.

Sergeant Stephen Gonsalves, 47, was sentenced to two years of probation after pleading no contest in Providence Superior Court to two counts of frequenting a narcotics nuisance.

A no-contest plea is legally equivalent to a guilty plea. Prosecutors dropped charges that he solicited another to commit a crime.

As part of the agreement, Gonsalves was sentenced to back-to-back one-year suspended prison terms with probation. He also agreed to retire from the Police Department and receive substance abuse counseling.

The 22-year veteran officer apologized to State Police and the attorney general’s office “for putting them in this difficult situation.’’

Assistant Attorney General Matthew Dawson said the attorney general’s office recently obtained new evidence that gave prosecutors pause about pursuing a conviction against Detective Robert Enright, who was accused of helping to protect the leader of a drug ring. Charges against Enright were dismissed yesterday.

Another officer, Joseph Colanduono, pleaded guilty this month to two counts of conspiracy to deliver drugs, larceny over $500, and harboring an alleged drug dealer.

Prosecutors agreed to dismiss several other counts against Colanduono, 45, who is due to be sentenced next month.


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    Jonas

    over 3 years ago

    41200 Comments

    bump mitrocop.

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    NewYork911

    over 3 years ago

    1672 Comments

    They should have taken his pension...

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    Whalewatcher

    over 3 years ago

    10928 Comments

    He should have been forced to resign or just plain fired, rather than be allowed to retire. He doesn't deserve a pension after the choices he made on his own. Another black eye for LE; thanks a lot, you losers !!!!

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    DALLASCRANE

    over 3 years ago

    19386 Comments

    Be a good example or a horible warning....In this case it appears to be the later.

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    mitrocop

    over 3 years ago

    402 Comments

    WTH?? Why bother being in LE if you're going to become a criminal, Sgt Gonsalves (& friends)...I guess that little oath thingy was just a passing thought, eh?
    Another career down the tubes..

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    HEYSARGE

    over 3 years ago

    16734 Comments

    Let it all play out............

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    Another one that should be put under the jail.

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    med2365

    over 3 years ago

    28 Comments

    This makes us all look bad.
    People will start to believe everyone is on the take.
    No one will trust the police.
    We are here to help not to do wrong.

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    npd783

    over 3 years ago

    1158 Comments

    I will never understand how a person can go from Officer to P.O.S. You work every day arresting these people and then one day you wake up and say " today is the day I am going to become a criminal." WOW

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    rafaelmorales

    over 3 years ago

    3000 Comments

    P.O.S I HOPE HE LOST HIS PENSION.!!!!!!!

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    Retleo

    over 3 years ago

    5524 Comments

    Another Bad Apple cut from the tree of our Community, good riddance

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    darsavmo

    over 3 years ago

    11344 Comments

    I do not feel he deserves any retirement pay. He disgraced his badge, his department, his profession, and the entire LE community, so I have no sympathy for him and he can put his apology where the sun doesn't shine...

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