PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A Providence Department of Public Works employee was arrested last week after detectives learned he was distributing drugs while on the clock, according to authorities.
Lindsay Lague, a spokesperson for the Providence Police Department, said 23-year-old Christopher Anderson was arrested Thursday and charged with unlawful delivery of fentanyl.
Detectives discovered that Anderson had approximately 1,176 blue glassine bags of suspected fentanyl on him at the time of his arrest.
Investigators believe Anderson was distributing the suspected fentanyl “while on duty in his capacity as a city employee,” according to Lague.
Mayor Jorge Elorza tells 12 News he was furious to hear of the allegations against Anderson.
“It’s just awful … ridiculous that he’d be doing that, and during work hours no less,” Elorza said.
Elorza said he’s glad Anderson was caught, adding that the city will be firing him.
Anderson was arraigned and released on $50,000 surety bail pending his next scheduled court date. He was also ordered to surrender his passport and firearms.