The week that was

The week that was

Police make trio of drug busts

The Pawtucket Police Department made several arrests related to the illegal distribution and possession of illegal drugs.

* Last Wednesday, Officers Jeffrey Furtado and Sean Sullivan arrested Andy Semedo, 22, of 44 Magill St. Semedo, who had an outstanding warrant for obstructing a police officer, was located driving his vehicle and he was stopped near his home.

During a subsequent search of Semedo's vehicle, officers found six clear plastic bags of marijuana, at a total weight of 98 grams. They also found drug paraphernalia.

Semedo's vehicle, as well as $342 he had in his possession at the time of the arrest, was seized and will be submitted for forfeiture. He was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and held without bail.

* Last Wednesday, members of the Pawtucket Police Special Squad searched 103 Samuel Ave. after getting a court order. They arrested Jeremy Lopes, 25, of 103 Samuel Ave. During a search of Lopes' apartment, detectives seized 22 grams of heroin, 12.6 grams of marijuana, scales and packaging materials associated with the street level distribution and sale of illegal drugs, and $265 in cash.

Lopes was held and brought to District Court, where he was charged with numerous drug offenses. He was held without bail after being arraigned.

Lopes previously pleaded no contest in 2011 to conspiracy charges after helping to set fire to the home of a witness who was set to testify against another man. He served one year in prison.

* Last Thursday, members of the Pawtucket Police Special Squad searched an apartment at 130 Leonard Jenard Drive. They arrested Carolyn Skinner, 52, as she left her apartment. Detectives searched Skinner's apartment and found a small amount of cocaine, scales and drug packaging materials, and $439 in cash.

Skinner was held and brought to District court last Friday. She was charged with possession with intent to deliver cocaine, operating on a suspended license, and identity fraud. She was held without bail as a Superior Court violator.

Feds nab man for running a meth lab

Sean Costigan, a 51-year-old Pawtucket man, was ordered detained in federal custody last Friday on federal drug trafficking charges, following an investigation by the Warwick Police Narcotics Unit and the Rhode Island Drug Enforcement Administration Drug Task Force into the alleged manufacture and distribution of methamphetamine by Costigan.

According to an affidavit, Warwick Police, and DEA Drug Task Force agents and officers began an investigation last May into the alleged trafficking of meth by Costigan. It is alleged that on at least four occasions, between October and December 2013, an undercover law enforcement officer purchased between 1.4 grams and 6.8 grams of meth from Costigan for between $100 and $400 dollars.

On Jan. 16, law enforcement searched a room in a Newport inn allegedly rented by Costigan, where law enforcement discovered materials used in the manufacture and distribution of meth. They seized multiple items associated with a methamphetamine manufacturing operation.

Costigan made an initial appearance in federal court last Friday on four counts of trafficking methamphetamine.

The DEA Drug Task Force is comprised of law enforcement agents and officers from DEA, Rhode Island State Police, and the Cranston, East Providence, Newport, Pawtucket, Providence, South Kingstown, Warwick and Woonsocket Police Departments.

N. Providence men indicted for Pawtucket robbery

The Providence County Grand Jury on Thursday indicted North Providence residents Fabio Saches-DeAlmeida and Alexander Correia each on charges of first degree robbery, conspiracy and vandalism. Saches-DeAlmeida, 21, lives at 39 Cleveland St. Correia, 23, lives at 29 Gillen Ave.

Police say Saches-DeAlmeida and Correia conspired and robbed someone in Pawtucket last Sept. 16. They then allegedly vandalized the car of the victim. Pawtucket Police investigated. Saches-DeAlmeida and Correia are scheduled to be arraigned in Providence County Superior Court on Feb. 5.