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RI State Police HIDTA Task Force Arrests Two Men on Drug Distribution Charges and Seizes More than 100 Grams of Crystal Meth

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 on drug distribution charges by the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force.

On April 16, 2014 at approximately 6:00 a.m., members of the HIDTA Task Force executed a court-authorized search warrant at 423 Wayland Ave, Providence, Rhode Island that resulted in the seizure of one hundred (100) grams of crystal meth and approximately two grams (2) of crack/cocaine.

Gershom Barros (age 62), of 423 Wayland Ave, Providence, RI, is alleged to have been in possession of one hundred (100) grams of crystal meth. He was arrested and charged with:

1. Possession of Schedule II (Crystal Meth) with Intent to Deliver,
2. Two (2) Counts of Delivery of Schedule II (Crystal Meth) to an Undercover Police Officer
3. Possession of Schedule I (Crack/Cocaine)

Neal Gerstman (age 23), of 226 Lafayette Street, 3rd, Pawtucket, RI, is alleged to have been in possession of crystal meth. He was arrested and charged with:

1. Possession of Schedule II (Crystal Meth) with Intent to Deliver,

Mr. Barros and Mr. Gerstman were both processed at the Lincoln Woods Barracks and arraigned in Sixth Division District Court. The Honorable Judge Terrance Houlihan held Mr. Barros without bail on the above charges at the Adult Correctional Institute until a June 5, 2014 bail hearing; and set bail for Mr. Gertsman at $30,000.00 surety.

The HIDTA Task Force is managed by the Rhode Island State Police and comprised of members from Providence Police, Pawtucket Police, Johnston Police, Central Falls Police, North Providence Police, West Warwick Police, United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), United States Bureau of Immigration, Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations and the Rhode Island National Guard (RING).

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Department or agency: Rhode Island State Police

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

Release date: 05-21-2014

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