February 15, 2017
Contact: SA Timothy Desmond
Phone Number: (617) 557-2100
Two Indicted By Federal Grand Jury For Trafficking Fentanyl-Laced Heroin
FEB 15 - PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Yesterday a federal grand jury in Providence returned a two-count indictment charging a Providence couple with allegedly trafficking fentanyl laced heroin.
Special Agent-in-Charge of the DEA for New England Michael J. Ferguson, United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police Colonel Ann S. Assumpico, and Warwick Police Chief Colonel Stephen M. McCartney announced the indictment of Agustin Acevedo, a/k/a Daniel Martinez Suazo, 49, and Dismery Uceta, 42 each on one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin and one count of possession with the intent to distribute more than 100 grams of heroin.
According to court documents and information presented to the court in March 2016, as part of an ongoing drug trafficking investigation by DEA agents in Washington, DC, information was developed and provided to DEA agents in Rhode Island that led investigators to believe that Acevedo may be involved in the trafficking of illicit drugs into Rhode Island.
As part of the investigation by Rhode Island DEA agents and the Rhode Island DEA Drug Task Force, agents determined that Acevedo frequently rented vehicles for short periods of time. They determined that on April 29, 2016, Acevedo allegedly rented a vehicle in Rhode Island and then late the same day he and Uceta travelled to the Bronx, New York in the rented vehicle. They returned to Rhode Island early the next day. As the vehicle was returning to Rhode Island, DEA agents, conducting surveillance of the vehicle, reported to Rhode Island State Police that the vehicle was allegedly traveling on Route 95 at speeds of approximately 80 mph.
According to court documents, a RI State Trooper stopped the vehicle on Route 95 between exits 5 and 6 for speeding. A speeding citation was issued to the driver, Agustin Acevedo. It is alleged that during the traffic stop, a RI State Trooper observed a brick-like object wrapped in a plastic bag in plain view in an opened handbag on the floor of the vehicle. The occupants consented to a search of the vehicle and Uceta to a search of the handbag. A RI State Police K-9 gave a positive alert to the area near where the handbag was located. A field test of the brick-like object tested positive for heroin. Acevedo and Uceta were detained by DEA agents who also responded to the traffic stop.
On May 3, 2016, a Warwick Police Department Detective received the kilogram of suspected heroin for further analysis. He later identified the left index finger impression of Acevedo on the outer side of the kilogram wrapping. Forensic testing at the New England Regional Laboratory for DEA revealed that the kilogram of heroin was laced with fentanyl and (an analgesic). An indictment is merely an allegation and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
Acevedo and Uceta have been detained in federal custody since their arrest and initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Providence on a federal criminal complaint charging them with possession with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin and conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin.