News Release
For Immediate Release:
December 8, 2009
Contact: Special Agent Tony Pettigrew
Number: 617-557-2138

Complaint Charges Edward "Buckles" Melise with Selling Oxycodone Pills

DEC 08 -- DEA agents yesterday arrested Edward “Buckles” Melise, 61, of North Providence, on a federal complaint charging him with selling oxycodone.  According to an affidavit supporting the complaint, Melise sold oxycodone pills twice on November 4 to an individual who claimed that Melise had supplied oxycodone on previous occasions.

Steven W. Derr, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England and United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha, and, announced the complaint, which was filed on November 24 in U.S. District Court, Providence, but placed under seal until after Melise’s arrest.

Melise was held overnight pending a hearing today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Lincoln D. Almond, who released him to home confinement on $50,000 secured bond.  No plea was entered.  The charge is a felony and therefore subject to a review by a federal grand jury.  A complaint is merely an allegation and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

According to the affidavit, Melise spoke with a person by telephone on November 4, and then met with that person to discuss the possible sale of oxycodone pills.  Early that afternoon, they met at an address in Providence, where Melise sold 34 oxycodone pills for $1,200.

Later that afternoon, according to the affidavit, they met again at a house in Providence, where the person gave Melise $3,000 in exchange for 96 oxycodone pills.

According to the affidavit, DEA Task Force agents monitored the telephone conversations and the alleged transactions.

The DEA Task Force conducted the investigation.  It is comprised of detectives from various Rhode Island police departments, including Warwick Police and the Rhode Island State Police.