Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell, Superintendent, of the Rhode Island State Police and Commissioner of Public Safety, and Central Falls Police Chief James J. Mendonca announce the arrest of a Central Falls man on drug distribution and gun charges by the Rhode Island State Police High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force and members of the Central Falls Police Department.
On August 14, 2013 at 10:00 am, members of the HIDTA Task Force and the Central Falls Police Department executed a court authorized search warrant at 91 Ledge St, 3rd Floor, Central Falls which resulted in the seizure of 5 grams of crack cocaine; 10 Diazepam pills, 42 Clonazepam pills, 4 Hydrocodone pills, $7,387.00 in United States currency and a loaded 9 millimeter Smith and Wesson hand gun.
Sonny Feliciano, age 36, of 91 Ledge St, 3rd Floor, Central Falls is alleged to have been in possession of the drugs and the loaded 9 millimeter Smith and Wesson hand gun. He was arrested and charged with:
1. Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Deliver 2. Possession of Schedule (IV) Narcotics (Hydrocodone) 3. Possession of Schedule (III) Narcotics (Diazepam/Clonazepam) 4. Possession of Firearm while committing Control Substance Violation 5. Possession of firearm after previous conviction for crime of violence (Possession of Schedule II Narcotics with intent to deliver in 2002)
Mr. Feliciano was processed at the Lincoln Barracks and arraigned in Sixth Division District Court. The Honorable Associate Judge Christine S. Jabour ordered Mr. Feliciano held without bail at the Adult Correctional Institute pending a bail hearing on August 28, 2013.
Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell stated "the Rhode Island State Police is fully engaged and committed to coordinate with all police departments to take violent offenders off the street. Today is another great example of the Central Falls Police Department partnering with the State Police High Intensity Drug Area Task Force to take firearms and drugs off the street and our joint resolve to help keep those who reside in Central Falls, safe."
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, (401) 444-1006