(WPRI) – Eight men have been arrested as police sought to dismantle a large-scale heroin and fentanyl trafficking operation, Providence and Massachusetts State Police announced Tuesday.
According to police, the suspects were distributing the drugs in and around Providence, as well as in Fall River and New Bedford.
Investigators executed search warrants at three locations in Providence and one each in Pawtucket and Central Falls.
Police said they seized approximately two kilograms of heroin and fentanyl – worth approximately $300,000 on the street, they said – as well as six vehicles and $60,000 in cash and gold.
Two arrests were made in Providence and another six were made in Pawtucket, according to police. The following men are facing charges of possession with intent to deliver one ounce to one kilogram of fentanyl, possession with intent to deliver fentanyl, and conspiracy:
- Daniel Gonzalez-Ramos, 30
- Luis E. Romero Peguero, 24
- Jose Moczo, 25
- Adalberto Mercado, 30
- Carlos Arroyo, 36
- Alexander Arazena-Rosa, 38
- Juan Ortega, 21
- Angel Vazquez, 41
“This was a major drug pipeline from the city of Providence to Fall River, New Bedford,” Providence Police Major David Lapatin said. “This is the second such operation in the last year dealing with narcotics being shipped from the city of Providence into the eastern Mass. area.”
With the opioid crisis still gripping the region, Lapatin stressed the importance of getting fentanyl off the streets.
“Fentanyl is a killer drug,” he said. “We are working night and day to do the best we can to get people to realize this to get the drug off the street and to save lives.”
The investigation was conducted by the Providence Police Intelligence and Organized Crime Bureau and the Massachusetts State Police Bristol County Narcotics Unit, with assistance from the Providence Police Narcotics Bureau and the Pawtucket and Central Falls Police Departments.