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RI State Police High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force and Central Falls Police Arrest Three on Drug Distribution and Firearms Charges

Contact: Captain Kevin M. O'Brien, Assistant Detective Commander Telephone: (401) 444-1010

Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell, Superintendent, of the Rhode Island State Police and Commissioner of Public Safety, announces the arrest of two men and one juvenile on drug distribution and firearms charges by the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force.

On March 20, 2014 at 6:10 a.m., members of the RI State Police HIDTA Task Force executed a court-authorized search warrant for narcotics at 88 Bagley Street, 3rd floor, Central Falls, RI. A search revealed approximately fifty (50) grams of crack cocaine, seventy (70) grams of marijuana, packaging material and a digital scale. The search also revealed one (1) loaded Ruger .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun located under the bed where Juan Alamo was found sleeping. An examination of the handgun revealed the serial number had been obliterated. The Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Academy is less than 500 feet away from 88 Bagley Street.

Juan Alamo, age 19, of 88 Bagley St, 3rd Floor, Central Falls, Rhode Island, is alleged to have been in possession of the 50 grams of crack cocaine and the loaded .45 caliber Ruger handgun. He was arrested and charged with:

1. Possession of Crack/Cocaine with Intent to Deliver,
2. Possession of Crack/Cocaine 1 Ounce to 1 Kilo,
3. Distribution of a Controlled Substance in a School Zone,
4. Possession of a Firearm while Committing a Crime of Violence, and
5. Alteration of Marks of Identification on a Firearm.

A 16-year-old male resident was also arrested at 88 Bagley St, 3rd Floor, Central Falls, Rhode Island, who is alleged to have been in possession of the 70 grams of marijuana. He was charged with:

1. Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Deliver.

Mr. Alamo was processed at the Lincoln Barracks and arraigned in Sixth Division District Court. The Honorable Magistrate Joseph P. Ippolito, Jr. ordered Alamo held without bail at the Adult Correctional Institute. A check through the Rhode Island Department of Attorney General Bureau of Criminal Identification revealed that Juan Alamo, alias Juan Sanchez, was arrested on November 21, 2013 by members of the Pawtucket Police Department for 1) Carrying a Pistol without a License, and 2) Altering Marks of ID on a Firearm. On November 22, 2013, surety bail was set at $10,000.

The juvenile was turned over to Sixth Division Family Court.

Also on March 20, 2014 at 6:10 a.m., members of the Rhode Island State Police HIDTA Unit and the Central Falls Police executed a court-authorized search warrant for narcotics at 63 Garfield Street, 3rd floor, Central Falls, RI. A search revealed approximately two (2) grams of crack cocaine, one (1) gram of heroin, packaging material and a digital scale. The search also revealed a Colt .380 caliber semi-automatic handgun. The handgun was later found to be stolen from North Carolina in 2008. Central Falls High School is less than 500 feet away from 63 Garfield Street.

Edison Trilla, age 33, of 63 Garfield Street, 3rd Floor, Central Falls, Rhode Island, is alleged to have been in possession of the 2 grams of crack cocaine, 1 gram of heroin and the Colt .380 caliber handgun. He was arrested and charged with:

1. Possession of Crack/Cocaine with Intent to Deliver,
2. Possession of heroin with Intent to Deliver,
3. Distribution of a Controlled Substance in a School Zone,
4. Possession of a Firearm while Committing a Crime of Violence, and
5. Possession of a Stolen Firearm.

Mr. Trilla was processed at the Lincoln Woods Barracks and arraigned in Sixth Division District Court. The Honorable Magistrate Joseph P. Ippolito, Jr. ordered Trilla held as a Superior Court probation violator. A check through the RI Department of Attorney General Bureau of Criminal Identification revealed that Edison Trilla was arrested on February 15, 2011 by members of the Central Falls Police Department for 1) Manufacture/Possession/Delivery Schedule I/II. On September 1, 2011, he was sentenced to six (6) years Full Sentence, Probation six (6) years Suspended Sentence.

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, United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the United States Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations and the Rhode Island National Guard.

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Department or agency: Rhode Island State Police

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

Release date: 03-21-2014

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