NORTH KINGSTOWN â€“ An investigation that began back in September ended last week with Rhode Island State Police and the United States Drug Department of Enforcement Administration (DEA) - Rhode Island Task Force officials, arresting three out of state males, seizing 66 kilograms of cocaine and $1,245,100 in cash during a planned raid at a storage facility on 376 Dry Bridge Road, Unit A-3, North Kingstown. State Police are calling the raid one of the biggest in state history, both in the amount of cash and the amount of drugs seized.
Included in the investigation and arrests were officials from the Rhode Island Attorney Generalâ€™s office as well as members of the East Providence, Warwick and Woonsocket Police Departments assigned to the DEA Task Force.
Adilson Antonio Reyes, 29, of South Ogden, Utah; Rodrigo Armando Saucedo, 31, of Hacienda Heights, Calif. and Andrew Rios, 39, of Downey Calif., were arrested on Jan. 29 and were arraigned at the Washington County Courthouse on Jan. 31 on charges of possessing cocaine with intent to deliver, possessing in excess of one kilogram of cocaine, conspiracy to possess cocaine in excess of one kilogram and conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to deliver.
The three subjects are currently being held without bail at the Adult Correctional Institution (ACI).
According to Rhode Island State Police Capt. James Demers, police are waiting back from immigration officials on the suspectâ€™s immigration status, information they should receive by the end of the week.
Information was received in September pertaining to a narcotics organization transporting large shipments of narcotics from the west coast into Rhode Island. Further information revealed the organization was using a tractor-trailer to transport the shipment of narcotics.
Officials were made aware that Reyes was staying at a hotel in the state and officers immediately began surveillance on him. They located a 2000 Peterbilt tractor trailer with a Utah registration. According to State Police, surveillance showed an unidentified male operating the tractor to the Dry Bridge location.
Saucedo was next to be identified and was located staying in a hotel in Pawtucket. He had been associated with an individual known to transport large-scale quantities of controlled substances and illicit drugs via tractor trailers.
Between October and December, members of the DEA Task Force conducted surveillance at the storage facility which showed various vehicles and individuals entering and exiting the area in short periods of time. Though Reyeâ€™s was behind the wheel, his tractor trailer was among the vehicles noticed by investigators.
â€śAmong the months of us investigating this matter, it was apparent that this wasnâ€™t a justifiable business and the actual facility was seldom used,â€ť Demers said.
At the conclusion of the investigation, officials obtained search warrants for the Dry Bridge Road facility and Reyeâ€™s tractor trailer and personal vehicle, a Chrysler Pacifica.
Those search warrants were executed on Jan. 29 and resulted in the arrest of Saucedo and Rios at the facility, and Reyes at a hotel in West Greenwich.
Thirty-one kilograms of cocaine were seized in a hidden compartment of the Chrysler Pacifica and $1,245,100 in cash was seized from a hidden compartment in the tractor trailer. On Jan. 30, four additional search warrants were obtained for a tow truck located at the North Kingstown address, a Toyota Sienna operated by Saucedo, a trailer portion of the tractor truck and a hotel room in Pawtucket.
According to a press release, an additional 35 kilograms of cocaine were seized from the tow truck which was located inside the facility.
Demers confirmed that no drugs or cash were located within the facility.
As for the large amount of cash, that money will be deposited in a State Police bank account and will be used for future expenses within the various departments.