Up to $45K in cocaine seized in Johnston drug bust

JOHNSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — Johnston police seized tens of thousands of dollars worth of cocaine and several thousand dollars in cash in a drug bust, according to a news release Friday from the Johnston Police Department.

Johnston police said detectives from both their department and Providence police executed a search warrant at a home on Rotary Drive Thursday night, and arrested 41-year-old Hovannes Yagoubian. The raid followed a lengthy joint investigation, Johnston police said.

Inside the home, police said detectives found a large amount of cocaine, estimated to have a street value of as much as $45,000.

Detectives also seized more than $17,000 in cash and packaging materials suspected to have been used for drug dealing.

According to police, Yagoubian was charged with three felonies:

  • Manufacturing and possession with intent to deliver up to one kilogram of cocaine
  • Manufacturing and possession with intent to deliver marijuana
  • Maintaining a narcotics nuisance

Yagoubian was scheduled to be arraigned in Kent County District Court Friday morning.



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