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Safe Streets Partnership Results in 23 Arrests and Seizures of Heroin, Cocaine, Money, and a Handgun

Contact: Major Todd E. Catlow, Detective Commander Telephone: (401) 444-1005

Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell, Superintendent, of the Rhode Island State Police and Commissioner of Public Safety, and Colonel James J. Mendonca, Chief of the Central Falls Police Department, announce the arrests 23 people as a result of five search warrants for alleged drug and other offenses in the City of Central Falls and the seizure of 229 grams of cocaine, 126 grams of crack cocaine, 214 grams of heroin, $18,480 in cash, and one handgun. The total street value of these drugs is more than $42,000. The arrests occurred during August, September, October and November of this year.

The arrests resulted from a partnership of the Rhode Island State Police High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force and the Central Falls Police Department. This effort was named the "Safe Streets Initiative" as the intention was to make the streets safer for the citizens of Central Falls.

The following arrests resulted from the Safe Streets Initiative:

1. On August 8, 2013, David Gomes Xavier, age 32, of 52 Blackstone Street, Woonsocket, was arrested and charged with 1) Possession Of Heroin, 2) Resisting Arrest, 3) Obstructing a Police Officer, 4) Driving on a Suspended License and 5) Superior Court Warrant.

2. On August 14, 2013, Sony Feliciano, age 36, of 91 Ledge Street, 3rd Floor, Central Falls was arrested and charged with

1. Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Deliver, 2. Possession of Schedule (IV) Narcotics 3. Possession of Schedule (III) Narcotics, 4. Possession of Firearm while committing Control Substance Violation 5. Possession of firearm after previous conviction for a Crime of Violence.

3. On August 16, 2013, Jaime Barreto, age 31, of 120 Summer Street, Apt. 2, Central Falls, was arrested and charged with 1) Delivery of Heroin and 2) Possession of Heroin.

4. On August 16, 2013, Angel Luis Rivera, age 35, of 108 Hedley Avenue, Central Falls, was arrested and charged with Possession of Heroin.

5. On August 20, 2013, Jorge A. Rodriguez, age 32, of 39 Darling St., Apt. 1, Central Falls, RI was arrested and charged with 1) Possession With Intent to Deliver Cocaine and 2) Possession of Cocaine.

6. On August 22, 2013, David Thompson, age 23, of 47 Doyle Avenue, Apt. 1, Providence, was arrested and charged with 1) Possession of Cocaine 2) Possession of Heroin.

7. On August 22, 2013, Robert Morrison, age 19, of 162 Broad Street, Providence, was arrested and charged with Possession of Cocaine.

8. On August 23, 2013, Edgar Mejia, age 42, of 121 Randall Street, Pawtucket, was arrested and charged with 1) Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Deliver, 2) Possession of Cocaine and three counts of Possession of Schedule I-V and 3) Possession of Cocaine One OunceľOne Kilo.

9. On September 9, 2013, Bernard Hagerty, age 46, of 135 Sylvian Street, 1st Floor, Central Falls, was arrested and charged with 1) Possession of Cocaine 1 oz to 1 kilo and 2) Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Deliver.

10. On September 9, 2013, Angel Rodriguez, age 23, of 152 Washington Street, Central Falls, was arrested and charged with 1) Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Deliver and 2) Conspiracy to Violate the Controlled Substance Act.

11. On September 9, 2013, Kingna Sanchez, age 26, of 152 Washington Street, Central Falls, was arrested and charged with 1) Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Deliver and 2) Conspiracy to Violate the Controlled Substance Act.

12. On September 3, 2013, Scott Hagopian, age 27, of 121 Armistice Boulevard., #3, Pawtucket, was arrested and charged with Possession of Crack Cocaine.

13. On September 7, 2013, Joseph Gill, age 35, of 527 Laurel Hill Avenue, #2, Cranston, was arrested and charged with 1) Manufacture/Deliver/Int Cocaine One Ounce-One Kilo and 2) Possession with Intent to Deliver Crack Cocaine.

14. On September 10, 2013, Nyklas Tavares, age 22, of 221 Montgomery Avenue, Providence, was arrested and charged with Possession of Crack Cocaine.

15. On September 22, 2013, Anthony Jaiman, age 22, of 145 Chestnut Street, Apt. 8, Central Falls, was arrested and charged with Possession of Heroin.

16. On September 24, 2013, Jose Matos, age 38, of 21 Knight Street, First Floor, Central Falls, was arrested and charged with 1) Possession of Heroin with Intent to Deliver, 2) Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Deliver, 3) Three counts of Delivery of Heroin to an Undercover Police Officer, 4) Controlled Substance Conspiracy and 5) four Court Warrants.

17. On October 2, 2013, Verlin Perry, age 23, of 76/78 Liberty Street, Central Falls, was arrested and charged with 1) Manufacturing/Possession/Delivery of Crack Cocaine and 2) Possession to Distribute Narcotics within a school zone.

18. On October 9, 2013, Pedro Rodriguez, age 47, of 6 Fletcher Street, 3rd floor, Central Falls, was arrested for Delivery of Heroin to a Police Officer and Controlled Substance Conspiracy.

19. On October 25, 2013, Walter Restrepo, age 29, of 60 Chestnut St, 2nd Floor, Central Falls was arrested for:

1. Possession of Heroin 1 oz to 1 kilo, 2. Possession of Heroin with Intent to Deliver, 3. Possession of Cocaine 1 oz to 1 kilo, 4. Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Deliver, 5. Possession of Crack Cocaine with Intent to Deliver, 6. Possession of Alprazolam with Intent to Deliver, 7. Possession of Amphetamine/Dextroamphetamine with Intent to Deliver, 8. Distribution of Controlled Substances in a School Zone, 9. Sixth Division District Court Bench Warrant for Failure to Pay Fines on a Simple Assault charge, 10. Superior Court Bench Warrant for Failure to appear for arraignment for Reckless Driving.

20. On October 31, 2013, Robert White, age 22, of 96 Summit Avenue, Central Falls, was arrested on an Affidavit Arrest Warrant from Pawtucket Police Department for the charge of Vandalism - Malicious Injury to Property.

21. On October 31, 2013, Justin James, age 26, of 280 Cowden Street, Central Falls, was arrested on a Sixth District Court Bench Warrant for failure to appear for an ability to pay hearing on the original charge of Possession of Marijuana originating from the State Police Lincoln Woods Barracks

22. On November 1, 2013, Alfonso Merced, age 28, of 57 Garfield Street, Apartment #3, Central Falls was arrested for Possession of Crack Cocaine with Intent to Deliver.

23. On November 1, 2013, Felicia DaRosa, age 22 of 57 57 Garfield Street, Apartment #3, Central Falls for Disorderly Conduct. In addition to the above arrests, during the "Safe Streets Initiative" members conducted car stops that resulted in 74 summonses, 8 citation arrests, 2 notice and demand, and 2 verbal warnings. There were an additional 12 arrests made by the Violent Fugitive Task Force and uniform members of the Rhode Island State Police.

Colonel O'Donnell stated, "The mission of the HIDTA Task Force is to assist local police departments with narcotic investigators. Our goal was to partner with Central Falls Police Department to conduct proactive law enforcement in order to root out those within the community who prevail misery through narcotics distribution and the violence associate with it. Public safety and the quality of life are essential to the economic success of any community. I want to commend Colonel Mendonca, all the Central Falls Police Officers, and members of the Rhode Island State Police who took part in this initiative."

Colonel James J. Mendonca said, "It has been our unrelenting effort to safeguard the general welfare and enrich the quality of life of the residents of Central Falls through community-based crime reduction solutions and collaborative synergies such as what has been demonstrated over these past three months. Through innovative investigative techniques and strategies our agencies have successfully partnered in targeting street-level narcotics distribution and other related criminal activity which has plagued this city. Although I am very proud of our shared accomplishments; trusting that the "Safe Streets Initiative" has made a significant impact, we are mutually determined in the continuing goal to make the streets safer for the citizens of Central Falls."

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, 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.

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Department or agency: Rhode Island State Police

Online: http://www.risp.ri.gov

Release date: 11-08-2013

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