Swansea resident Joshua Andrade, 21, was sentenced to state prison after pleading guilty last week to indictments charging him with crimes ranging from child rape to illegal gun charges to narcotics trafficking.

On December 7, 2022, the 15-year-old victim disclosed to her DCYF worker that she had allegedly been raped by Andrade in his Swansea home after meeting and connecting with him through social media. During that time, the victim also told police that Andrade intoxicated her with alcohol and marijuana, where he then proceeded to take advantage of her sexually.

On December 22, 2022 Swansea Police obtained a search warrant for Andrade's home. Upon investigations, police seized Andrade's phone and bedding and also located an inoperable handgun with a large 33-round feeding device in it, loaded with 28 rounds.

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Boxes of nine-millimeter ammunition, several phones and iPads, baking soda, sandwich bags, scales, tinfoil, nearly $7,000 in cash, about 40 ounces of marijuana, 21 packages of suboxone, 900 grams of methamphetamine pills, 405 grams of pressed fentanyl pills, 50 grams of powdered cocaine, 447 grams of psilocybin mushrooms, 3.19 grams of oxycodone, and 106 grams of Alprazolam were all discovered inside Andrade's residence.

Andrade was charged with 16 separate indictments and has been sentenced to serve eight to 12 years in state prison.

The charges includes three counts of rape of a child, and one count each of possession of child pornography, criminal contempt, trafficking fentanyl, methamphetamine and cocaine.

Andrade was also charged with possession with intent to distribute several pills and drugs, as well as unlawful possession of a large-capacity firearm feeding device and illegal possession of ammunition.

"The defendant was trafficking in large amounts of different drugs. He raped a teenage runaway and was in possession of an illegal gun," D.A. Quinn said. "It is very discouraging, given the defendants young age, that he is involved in such serious criminal activity. He clearly poses a significant danger to the community. This sentence is necessary to protect the public from him."

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