‘Operation Bussed Out’: 20+ charged in Kennedy Plaza drug investigation


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A total of 23 people are charged in connection with a four-month-long investigation into narcotics trafficking in and around the Kennedy Plaza area of the City.

Providence Police Chief Col. Hugh Clements and Mayor Jorge Elorza announced the details of the bust dubbed “Operation Bussed Out.”

Police said those involved are charged with delivery of controlled substances to an undercover Providence police narcotics investigator. Narcotics include Fentanyl, Cocaine, Heroin and other controlled prescription substances. One firearm was also seized throughout this investigation, police said.

Clements said 11 of those charged are probation violators and all of them have criminal records.

While Clements conceded this was not high-level drug dealing, he said the criminal activity is a “quality-of-life issue” for people who live and work in the city.

“This operation has successfully removed deadly narcotics off the streets of our City, focusing in the Kennedy Plaza area, which serves as the central transportation hub in Providence,” said Colonel Clements. 

Eleven of the suspects are still wanted by investigators.

“As substance use and fentanyl distribution have increased nationwide, we are working aggressively to ensure Providence is safe for all our residents,” said Mayor Elorza. “The arrests announced today are the result of months of high-quality work through our exemplary Providence Police Department and let the world know that these crimes will not be tolerated in our community.”

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