Police seize gun, $100k cash from Warwick drug suspect


WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — Tips from neighbors led to Warwick Police to start investigating an Asylum Road resident and on Thursday night, they arrested the man and found a gun and other materials at his home that may be related to dealing drugs.

Police pulled over Robert Menezes, 24, on warrants for his arrest on charges of delivering fentanyl, a powerful and highly toxic painkiller. They’d been investigating his home for several months after complaints about suspicious activity.

At the time of his arrest, police also executed a search warrant at Menezes’s home, seizing a loaded Ruger 9mm handgun, two boxes of 9mm ammunition, three digital scales, a vacuum sealer with plastic bags, and $100,000 in cash.

Menezes was arraigned Friday at Kent County District Court and held without bail. He faces five counts of delivery of fentanyl, two counts of conspiracy to deliver fentanyl, and one count each of delivery of heroin, conspiracy to deliver a counterfeit controlled substance (in this case, fentanyl), possession of fentanyl, possession of oxycodone with intent to deliver, possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver, and possession of a firearm while a crime was being committed.

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