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Bust in West Warwick turns up heroin, cash

May 15, 2012

PROVIDENCE — After an eight month investigation on heroin trafficking into Rhode Island, 11 suspects throughout the state have been arrested and detained on drug and firearms charges following appearances in U.S. District Court in Providence.

According to a press release, on Thursday and Friday federal search warrants and arrest warrants were issued in Providence, Cranston, North Providence, Pawtucket and West Warwick.

The warrants were provided following an investigation into drug trafficking by an alleged Dominican organization linked to the Mexican drug cartel.

The investigation was held by the United States Attorney’s Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Safe Streets Gang Task Force and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Drug Task Force.

Jim Martin, Public Information Officer for the U.S. Attorney’s Office District of Rhode Island, explained that four of the defendants were arrested at 10B Johnson Court, West Warwick, after a search and seizure was held.

The four defendants include Miguel Angel Colon, 21, of Cranston, Vlady Tejada, 32, of Providence, Manuel Valdez, 21 and Geovannie Nieves, 30, of New Bedford, Mass.

According to the release, federal, state and local detectives seized approximately $300,000 in cash, more than two kilos of heroin, nearly one-fourth kilo of cocaine, four vehicles and a large quantity of high-end jewelry at the West Warwick residence.

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