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 charges by the Rhode Island State Police High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) Task Force.
On October 9, 2013 at 9:30 a.m., members of the HIDTA Task Force executed a court authorized search warrant at 161 Chapin Street, Providence that resulted in the seizure of two hundred and fifty (250) grams of heroin in a school zone. The Trinity Performing Arts Academy, 158 Messer Street, Providence, RI is located approximately six hundred (600) feet from the residence. The retail street value of 250 grams of heroin is estimated to be $20,000.
Enrique Lopez, age 32, 161 Chapin Street, Providence is alleged to have been in possession of the two hundred and fifty (250) grams of heroin and ten (10) grams of cocaine. He was arrested and charged with:
1) Possession of Heroin 1 Ounce - 1 Kilogram 2) Possession of Heroin with Intent to Deliver 3) Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Deliver 4) Distribution of a controlled substance in a School Zone 5) Three (3) Family Court Reciprocal Body Attachment warrants for non- support.
Mr. Lopez was processed at the Lincoln Barracks and arraigned in Sixth Division District Court. The Honorable Associate Judge Terrance Houlihan held Mr. Lopez without bail on the above charges at the Adult Correctional Institute until an October 23, 2013 bail hearing.
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, North Providence Police, Rhode Island National Guard (RING), 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: Captain Kevin O'Brien, Assistant Detective Commander, (401) 444-1012