PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Three people were arrested Wednesday after detectives discovered 41 kilograms of fentanyl while searching their residences, according to R.I. State Police.
The investigation began when detectives learned the three suspects were likely involved in a drug-trafficking operation in the greater Providence area, according to police.
Police said in addition to the fentanyl, detectives found nearly 68 grams of cocaine, two polymer “ghost guns” and more than $20,000 in cash while searching their homes.
“I do believe this was probably the biggest fentanyl seizure in the state of Rhode Island,” R.I. State Police Major Robert Creamer said.
Creamer said the approximate street value of the fentanyl alone would be $2 million.
“It takes much less than a gram of fentanyl to kill somebody,” he explained. “We know it’s an epidemic in this country … There’s 1,000 grams in kilogram, so if you do the math on that, it’s a lot of lives they saved.”
Angel Camilo, 21, and Miguel Jimenez Cruz, 26, both of Cranston, as well as Luz Jimenez Regalado, 24, of Providence, are facing numerous charges, including possession with intent to deliver fentanyl and cocaine.
Camilo and Cruz are also charged with possession of a ghost gun.
All three suspects were ordered held without bail pending their next court date.