Colonel Ann C. Assumpico, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Director of the Department of Public Safety, announces that an investigation by members of the Rhode Island State Police High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force and the Glocester Police Department has resulted in the arrest of a Chepachet resident on charges of possession with intent to deliver crack cocaine and possession of a firearm.
As a result of this investigation, members of the HIDTA Task Force and Glocester Police conducted a court-authorized search warrant at 884 Putnam Pike, Chepachet, earlier today and subsequently arrested:
Antonio Vazquez, age 23, of 884 Putnam Pike, Chepachet.
The following items were seized from Mr. Vazquez' residence at 884 Putnam Pike:
• 7 grams crack cocaine
• One Ruger .357 magnum handgun
• 77 rounds of .357 ammunition
Mr. Vazquez was held for arraignment in Third Division District Court on charges of:
• Deliver/Possession with Intent to Deliver & Manufacture (Cocaine)
• Possession of Firearm while Committing a Controlled Substance Violation
The HIDTA Task Force is managed by the Rhode Island State Police and comprised of members from Pawtucket Police, West Warwick Police, Lincoln Police, Middletown Police, Providence Police, North Providence Police, Adult Correctional Institutions (ACI), 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 (HSI).