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Rhode Island State Police Arrest Two Subjects for Possession of Approximately Nine Ounces of Heroin

Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell, Superintendent of the Rhode State Police and Commissioner of the Department of the Public Safety, announces that on May 4, 2014, Troopers arrested, Harold Polanco, age 22, from 386 Cornelia St. Brooklyn, NY and Junior Polanco Brito, age 26, from 367 Weirfield St. Brooklyn, NY for Possession of Heroin with Intent to Deliver and Possession of Heroin (1 Ounce to 1 Kilogram).

At approximately 11:30 PM, troopers assigned to the Wickford Barracks were on patrol on Route 95 North at Exit 5, when they observed a red Toyota Highlander being operated in an erratic manner violating several motor vehicle laws. The troopers stopped the Toyota on Route 95 North at Exit 6, in the Town of West Greenwich. The vehicle was occupied by the operator and a front seat passenger. The subsequent investigation led to a search of the Toyota. During a search of the rear cargo area, two large packages, wrapped in cellophane, were located hidden in a cooler. The packages were opened and found to contain approximately nine (9) ounces of a brown powdery substance, which field tested positive for heroin. The packages were seized and the two occupants were arrested and transported to the Wickford Barracks for further investigation.

The estimated street value of this amount of heroin is $26,600. If packaged for further distribution, this quantity of heroin could produce 13,350 packets for individual sale. The heroin will be transported to the Rhode Island Department of Health, Toxicology Lab for testing, including for the presence of fentanyl.

Harold Polanco and Junior Polanco Brito were arraigned at 3rd Division District Court in Warwick on May 5, 2014 on the charges of Possession with Intent to Deliver Heroin and Possession of Heroin (One Ounce to One Kilogram). They were held without bail and have a bail hearing scheduled for May 19, 2014.

Media Contact: Lieutenant William Jamieson Acting District "B" Commander (401) 444-1011

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Department or agency: Rhode Island State Police


Release date: 05-05-2014

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