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RI State Police High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force Arrests a Providence Man on Firearms and Drug Distribution 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 a Providence man on drug distribution charges by the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force.

On March 28, 2014 at 10:00 a.m., members of the HIDTA Task Force executed a court-authorized search warrant at 40 Amsterdam Street, Providence that resulted in the seizure of a loaded .38 caliber, semi-auto handgun, approximately sixty (60) grams of crack/cocaine and approximately two (2) grams of heroin being distributed in a school zone. The William D'Abate Elementary School, 60 Kossuth Street, Providence, RI is located approximately seven hundred (700) feet from the residence.

Reginald Lee, age 28, of 40 Amsterdam Street, Providence is alleged to have been in possession of a loaded .38 caliber, semi-auto handgun, approximately sixty (60) grams of crack/cocaine and approximately two (2) grams of Heroin. Mr. Lee was convicted in May 2008 with Carrying a Firearm Without a License, Possession of Firearm by a convicted Felon, Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Possession of Schedule I/II with Intent to Deliver and Conspiracy to Violate the Controlled Substances Act. He received a twenty (20) year sentence; seven (7) years to serve, thirteen (13) years suspended/probation. Today, he was arrested and charged with:

1) Six (6) counts of Delivery of Schedule I to an Undercover Police Officer 2) Possession of Crack/Cocaine 1 Ounce - 1 Kilo 3) Possession of Crack/Cocaine with Intent to Deliver 4) Possession of Heroin with Intent to Deliver 5) Distribution of a Controlled Substance in a School Zone 6) Possession of a Firearm while Committing a Crime of Violence 7) Possession of a Firearm after Felony Conviction of a Crime of Violence

Mr. Lee was processed at the Lincoln Barracks and arraigned in Sixth Division District Court in front of Judge Mary McCaffrey. He was held without bail pending a bail hearing on April 11th, 2014.

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.

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Department or agency: Rhode Island State Police

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

Release date: 03-28-2014

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