PROVIDENCE, R.I (WPRI) — The Providence Police Department Intelligence Unit and Narcotics Bureau has been busy conducting a series of drug busts that will put a dent in regional in the regional crime scene.
The drug busts took place in three locations throughout the city over the past nine days, according to Providence police.
As a result of the investigations, police report that they have seized over four kilograms of heroin, suspected fentanyl, firearms, vehicles and approximately $65,742 in cash. Seven individuals have also been arrested.
“I’m always optimistic taking this kind of weight off the streets are going to make a dent in this region, not only in Providence,” said Peter Kilmartin, Rhode Island Attorney General at a press conference Thursday.
It was a nine month investigation that led to a search warrant being conducted at 304 Pearl Street, Apt.105, said police. Approximately three kilograms of heroin, $1,975.00 in cash, a Walter P99 firearm with ammunition, and four vehicles were seized from this location, stated a news release. This amount of heroin holds a street value of $550,000- $600,000. Some of the heroin is also suspected to be fentanyl, and has been sent to state toxicology for further analysis. The following men were charged:
- Richard Duran, 27, possession of heroin with the intent to deliver, possession of one to five kilos of heroin, possession of a firearm while in possession with the intent to deliver heroin, possession of a firearm while in possession of one to five kilograms of heroin and conspiracy to deliver heroin
- Jose Jimenez, 29, possession with the intent to deliver heroin, possession of one to five kilograms of heroin and conspiracy to deliver heroin
The Providence Police Department reports conducting two more searches on July 5 and June 28.
According to police, on July 5, a search was executed at 302 Pocasset Avenue. 13.8 net grams of heroin, 2.1 grams of cocaine, and $61,757.00 were seized from that location. Four individuals were also arrested in connection with this search and charged as follows:
- Angel Nieve, 43, one count of delivery of heroin, conspiracy, possession with intent to deliver cocaine and possession with intent to deliver heroin
- Eric Tretton, 29, possession of heroin
- Fernando Vasquez, 43, one count of delivery of heroin and possession of heroin
- Rosa Feix, 36, conspiracy and possession with intent to deliver heroin
After a three month investigation, on June 28, the Narcotics Bureau executed a search warrant at 34 Pennsylvania Avenue. According to a news release, over a kilogram of heroin and $2010.00 dollars were seized. One man was also charged as a result of this search.
- Pedro Garcia, 39, driving without a license, possession with the intent to deliver heroin and possession with intent to deliver over 1 kilo of heroin.
Chief of Police, Colonel Clements also took the chance to praise the recent efforts. “Once again, I commend our officers in the Intelligence Unit and Narcotics Bureau for their tireless efforts to rid the City of high level heroin distribution,” said Clements.