PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — Police arrested four men following an investigation into the distribution of cocaine in Pawtucket.
Detectives searched an East Street home Friday morning, which is four houses down from a children’s daycare, and discovered a handgun with an obliterated serial number and laser pointer, as well as a 25-round extended magazine and several boxes of ammunition.
Investigators also found 2.4 ounces of suspected cocaine and tools typically used for cocaine distribution, which included digital scales, cutting agents, a kilo press, packaging material and several cell phones.
The search resulted in the arrest of 27-year-old Carlos Depina Jr. and 25-year-old Mason Depina, as well as 26-year-olds Ebrima Jatta and Jovon Depina.
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Carlos Depina Jr., Mason Depina and Jatta are facing numerous charges, including possession with intent to deliver cocaine, maintaining a common nuisance and distributing a controlled substance near a school.
Jatta was also charged with possession of a stolen vehicle.
Jovon Depina has been charged with maintaining a common nuisance, as well as failing to appear in court for a previous possession charge.
Police said the investigation is ongoing and detectives expect more charges to be filed against the suspects.