Major Heroin Bust in Providence, RI – $550K Seized
In the last few days, Providence law enforcement seized over $550,000 worth of drugs in a heroin bust, in addition to making 7 arrests.
Yesterday, police announced that one of the seizures contained a substance suspected to be fentanyl, the way-more-powerful opioid that is sometimes laced into heroin or replaced for it outright. Police said the suspected fentanyl drug has been sent to a toxicology lab for analysis.
Col. Hugh Clements, Providence Police Department:
“These dangerous drugs — heroin, cocaine, more specifically lately with the overdose epidemic in the United States, and certainly in our city and in our state, is the poisoning of our streets. And there’s no question, no doubt that this arrest will have a significant impact.”
“I commend our officers in the Intelligence Unit and Narcotics Bureau for their tireless efforts to rid the City of high level heroin distribution. These specialized units within the department will continue to make every effort to dismantle drug activity using any resource necessary.”
In total, the police seized 4 kilos of heroin, over $65,000 cash, 4 vehicles and several guns. The 3 busts came after a 9-month investigation.
During the heroin bust, the following were arrested on multiple charges:
- Richard Duran, 27: Possession of heroin with intent to deliver, possession of 1-5 kilos of heroin, possession of a firearm while in possession with the intent to deliver heroin, possession of a firearm while in possession of 1-5 kilograms of heroin, and conspiracy to deliver heroin
- Rosa Felix, 36: Conspiracy and possession with intent to deliver heroin
- Pedro Garcia, 39: Possession with the intent to deliver heroin, possession with intent to deliver over 1 kilo of heroin
- Carlos Jose Jimenez, 29: Possession with intent to deliver heroin, possession of 1-5 kilograms of heroin, and conspiracy to deliver heroin
- Angel Nieve, 43: Delivery of heroin, conspiracy, possession with intent to deliver cocaine, and possession with intent to deliver heroin
- Eric Tretton, 29: Heron possession
- Fernando Vasquez, 43: Delivery of heroin, heroin possession
~ G. Nathalee Serrels, M.A., Psychology