The week that was

The week that was

Man charged for drug operation

Police arrested Mauricio Guzman, 30, of 290 Lonsdale Ave., after raiding his second-floor apartment and finding alleged evidence of a drug operation.

Members of the Pawtucket Police Special Squad executed a search warrant after hearing neighborhood complaints and receiving other information.

Police seized 19 grams of cocaine, a small amount of marijuana and various drug paraphernalia.

Guzman was charged with various drug offenses. He was arraigned in District Court last Friday and was ordered held without bail.

Police make arrests after shooting

Police responding to John Street last Wednesday to investigate reports of a shooting found spent shell casings and witnesses who were unwilling to talk.

At around 6:20 p.m., the Pawtucket Police Department received several calls reporting a shooting in the vicinity of 48 John St. A black Lexus that was reportedly involved fled the scene prior to the arrival of officers.

Several people were taken into custody as part of the investigation. Police found a 9mm pistol and spent shell casings.

During the investigation, an officer located the Lexus on Newport Avenue. The vehicle was stopped and the driver, Providence resident Anthony Dwyer, 19, was taken into custody. The vehicle had two bullet holes in the driver's side door, according to police.

Dwyer was arrested and charged with driving on a suspended license and possession of fireworks.

Also arrested and charged with obstructing the investigation were Alondra Santiago, 18, of 135 Bellevue Ave. in Providence, and a 17-year-old female. The minor was released to the custody of a parent with a date to appear in Family Court.

Dwyer and Santiago were held and arraigned on the criminal charges.

No one was injured during the Aug. 13 incident, according to police, who say the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call 401-727-9100 and ask for either Det. Cormier at ext. 756, or Det. Devine, ext. 764.

Four men who registered 62 vehicles arrested

Oliver Cuellar, 26, of 590 Cottage St. in Pawtucket, was one of four men charged by State Police for allegedly providing false statements to obtain vehicle registrations at the Division of Motor Vehicles. Cuellar was charged with two counts of false statement to fraudulently obtain a registration, according to a news release.

Members of the Rhode Island State Police Auto Theft and Insurance Fraud Unit also arrested Johnston resident Jonas Dubon, 25, on 24 counts of false statement to fraudulently obtain a registration, Providence resident David Diaz, 20, on 14 counts of the same offense, and Providence resident Matthew Andrade, 25, on 22 counts of the same offense.

The four men were successful in registering a combined 62 vehicles. All registrations have been suspended, according to police. They said more arrests are expected in the future.

Dubon, Cuellar and Diaz were arrested last Thursday. Cuellar and Diaz pleaded no contest to the charges and received a sentence of one year suspended and one year of probation. Dubon was arraigned and released on $5,000 personal recognizance. He is scheduled to appear for a pre-trial conference on Aug. 29.

Andrade was arrested and arraigned last Friday. He pleaded no contest to the charges and received a sentence of one year suspended and one year of probation.