Coventry man among those involved in months-long investigation

Five people, including two from West Warwick and one from Coventry, were arrested Wednesday on narcotics and weapons violations following a four-month-long state and federal investigation, the Attorney General and Rhode Island State Police announced.

The four men and one woman were arrested as a result of an investigation by the Rhode Island State Police High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; the Rhode Island State Police Violent Fugitive Task Force; and the Pawtucket and Providence Police Departments.

The investigation began approximately four months ago and resulted in the seizure of two handguns and cocaine, the AG’s Office said.

The five charged were identified as: 

Kevin Smith, 35, of 85 Centre St. in Pawtucket:

 • Illegal Sale of a Concealed Firearm 

• Possession of a Firearm After Being Convicted of a Crime of Violence 

• Conspiracy 

Elizabeth Brouillard, 24, of 14 Whispering Pines St. in Cumberland:

• Illegal Sale of a Concealed Firearm (two counts) 

• License or Permit Required to Carry a Pistol (two counts) 

• Conspiracy (two separate counts) 

Justin Taylor, 29, of 14 Saint Mary St. in West Warwick:

• Illegal Sale of a Concealed Firearm (two counts) 

• Possession of a Firearm After Being Convicted of a Crime of Violence (two counts) 

• Delivery of a Schedule II Controlled Substance – Cocaine (two counts) 

• Controlled Substance Conspiracy 

• Obtaining Money Under False Pretenses 

• Conspiracy (three separate counts) 

Edward Lepore, 26, of 23 Robinson Way in West Warwick:

• Delivery of a Schedule II Controlled Substance – Cocaine 

• Controlled Substance Conspiracy

Dylan Hansen, 22, of 50 Murray St. in Coventry:

• Conspiracy 

• Obtaining Money Under False Pretenses

All five were arraigned in Sixth District Court on Wednesday. Taylor and Lepore were held without bail as violators of probation conditions stemming from previous convictions, while Brouillard, Smith, and Hansen were released on bail, the Attorney General’s Office said.

“The charges brought yesterday confirm our collective law enforcement commitment to ensuring the quality of life in our neighborhoods,” said Attorney General Peter Neronha. “Those who deal firearms and narcotics have our full prosecutorial attention. I want to thank the Rhode Island State Police, ATF, and the Pawtucket and Providence Police Departments for their outstanding work on this investigation and their commitment to the people of Rhode Island.”

“The Rhode Island State Police has zero tolerance for anyone trying to sell drugs or guns in any of our communities,” said Rhode Island State Police Superintendent Col. James M. Manni. “We will continue to work closely with our partners in the Attorney General’s Office, local police departments, and all federal agencies to aggressively investigate, arrest, and prosecute these types of crimes whenever and wherever they occur.”

jbissonnette@pawtuckettimes.com

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