JUNE 03 (PROVIDENCE, R.I.) – John J. Arvanitis, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA’s New England Field Division; United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha; Eugenio A. Marquez, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Boston Field Office of ATF; Richard DesLauriers, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Boston Field Office; Bruce M. Foucart, Special Agent in Charge of HSI in New England; United States Marshal Jamie A. Hainsworth; Colonel Steven G, O’Donnell, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police; Cranston Police Chief Colonel Marco Palombo, Jr; Pawtucket Police Chief Paul King; Providence Police Chief Colonel Hugh T. Clements, Jr.; and Warwick Police Chief Colonel Stephen M. McCartney announced that four men have been arrested on federal drug charges and ordered detained, and six firearms including a suspected automatic weapon were seized by federal, state and local law enforcement agents and officers in connection with a fifteen-month multi-agency investigation initiated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) into the alleged trafficking of cocaine, heroin, Ecstasy and a synthetic drug termed “Molly.” Law enforcement also seized additional amounts of drugs and cash, and discovered an alleged marijuana grow in the home of an individual with a medical marijuana caregiver card authorized by the State of Rhode Island.
According to an affidavit in support of criminal complaints and search warrants filed with the U.S. District Court, the investigation initiated by ATF and investigated jointly with DEA, and assisted by agents and officers from the FBI, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), United States Marshals Service, Rhode Island State Police and Cranston, Pawtucket, Providence, and Warwick Police Departments determined that the conspiracy was allegedly responsible for a significant quantity of drugs allegedly being trafficked to other drug dealers and to drug users. One of the defendants arrested is an alleged member of a street gang.
Arrested and ordered detained on Friday by U.S. District Court Magistrate Judges Patricia A. Sullivan and Lincoln D. Almond on charges of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances; distribution of controlled substances; and use of a telephone to commit drug offenses were:
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