Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell, Superintendent, of the Rhode Island State Police and Commissioner of Public Safety, announces the arrest of a Providence man on drug distribution and gun charges and a West Greenwich man on drug distribution charges by the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force.
On July 23, 2013 at 7:00 am, members of the HIDTA Task Force executed a court authorized search warrant at 58 Merino St, 3rd Floor, Providence which resulted in the seizure of 5 grams of crack cocaine, 4 one ounce bags of marijuana, $1,540.00 in cash and a loaded .380 caliber Lorcin handgun that was later confirmed to be stolen from the State of Virginia. The Frank D. Spaziano Elementary School is less than 500 feet away from 58 Merino Street.
Victor Perez, age 23, of 58 Merino St, 3rd Floor, Providence is alleged to have been in possession of the 5 grams of crack cocaine and the loaded .380 caliber Lorcin handgun. He was arrested and charged with:
1. Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Deliver, 2. Distribution of a Controlled Substance in a School Zone, 3. Possession of a Firearm after Conviction of a Crime of Violence (Felony Assault, 2007), 4. Possession of a Firearm while Committing a Crime of Violence, and 5. Receiving Stolen Goods (gun)
Mr. Perez was processed at the Lincoln Barracks and arraigned in Sixth Division District Court. The Honorable Magistrate Joseph P. Ippolito, Jr. set bail on the above charges at $25,000 with surety and ordered Perez held at the Adult Correctional Institute due to a probation violation on a prior charge.
Kendrick Johnson, age 22, of 14120 Patriot Way, West Greenwich is alleged to have been in possession of 4 one ounce bags of marijuana. He was arrested and charged with Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Deliver. Johnson was processed at the Lincoln Barracks and arraigned in Sixth Division District Court. The Honorable Magistrate Joseph P. Ippolito, Jr. set bail at $10,000 with surety.
The seizure of the .380 caliber Lorcin handgun is the seventh handgun seizure by the State Police thus far in July.
The HIDTA Task Force is managed by the Rhode Island State Police and comprised of members from Providence Police, Pawtucket Police, Johnston Police, Smithfield Police, Central Falls Police, United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and the United States Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations.
MEDIA CONTACT: Major Todd E. Catlow, Detective Commander, Rhode Island State Police Headquarters, 401-444-1006