RICHMOND, R.I. (WPRI) — Police have arrested a man who they say sold crack cocaine to a 17-year-old boy.
Christopher Badessa, 23, was arrested after officers conducted a search warrant on his Main Street home and found a variety of drugs packaged for sale.
Police said the investigation began when an officer on patrol noticed a teen suspiciously exiting the home, which has a history of drug trafficking.
According to police, the teen attempted to run as the officer approached him. The officer was able to catch up with him, however, and took him into custody after discovering he had approximately 7 grams of crack cocaine.
Following the teen’s arrest, police executed a search warrant at Badessa’s home and found 13.1 grams of crack cocaine, 1.85 grams of MDMA, 12 ounces of marijuana, nine commercially packaged 1-gram THC oil packages, 22 butane hash oil pills, 11.5 Xanax pills, two Adderall pills, a replica firearm CO2 pellet pistol, and $155 in cash.
Badessa is facing several felony drug charges and is also being charged as a probation violator for two previous drug-trafficking cases in 2017 and 2018.