12 charged in FBI drug bust

12 charged in FBI drug bust

WOONSOCKET – A four-month FBI investigation into trafficking of fentanyl, cocaine and crack cocaine on the streets of Woonsocket culminated today in the arrest of nine individuals on federal and state drug trafficking charges.
The investigation also yielded charges against two individuals arrested prior to today and one already held in state custody.

The investigation, which involved teams of federal, state and local law enforcement, was part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a Department of Justice initiative to identify and address violent crime problems in the community. Prior to today, officers made nearly two dozen undercover drug purchases and seized 1,964 fentanyl pills (332.9 grams), 116.2 grams of power fentanyl, 296 grams of marijuana, 244 grams of crack cocaine, 20 grams of powder cocaine, three firearms and $1,800 in U.S. currency.

Tuesday morning, in addition to the arrests, officers executed four federal court-authorized search warrants, yielding an additional 144 grams of crack cocaine and 1,094 grams of cocaine, $10,200 cash and a loaded 9 millimeter handgun.

According to the office of U.S. Attorney Aaron L. Weisman, today’s arrests resulted in the dismantling of at least three alleged drug trafficking conspiracies. Charges include conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute.

The investigation was led Weisman, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Boston Division Joseph R. Bonavolonta and Woonsocket Police Chief Thomas Oates with assistance from the Central Falls, Cranston, Pawtucket, Warwick and Providence Police Departments, Rhode Island State Police, Rhode Island National Guard and the Adult Correctional Institution.

Charged by way of federal criminal complaint in U.S. District Court:

• David Bradford, 34 – Conspiracy to distribute 28 grams or more of cocaine base, conspiracy to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl, possession with intent to deliver 28 grams or more of cocaine base

• Jason Simpson, 34 – Conspiracy to distribute 28 grams or more of cocaine base, possession with intent to distribute cocaine base

• James Ruth, 31 – Conspiracy to distribute 28 grams or more of cocaine base, possession with intent to distribute cocaine base

• Sean Breton, 27 – Possession with intent to distribute cocaine base

• David Kennedy, 29 – Conspiracy to distribute 28 grams or more of cocaine base, possession with intent to distribute cocaine base

• Christopher Nieves, 34 (detained at the ACI) – Conspiracy to distribute 28 grams or more of cocaine base, possession with intent to distribute cocaine base

• Gilbert Delestre, 29 – Possession with intent to distribute 28 grams or more of cocaine base, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, conspiracy to distribute 28 grams or more of cocaine base

• John Switzer, 37 (arrested May 1) – Conspiracy to distribute 400 grams or more of fentanyl, possession with intent to deliver and distribution of 400 grams or more of fentanyl

Charged in Rhode Island State Court:

• Victoria Kinnecom, 24 – 13 counts of conspiracy to manufacture with intent to deliver a Schedule 1 substance

• Christopher Grondin, 29 – 7 counts of conspiracy, 5 counts of possession with intent to distribute a Schedule 1 substance

• Trevis Woods, 30 – 4 counts of possession with intent to distribute a Schedule 1substance, 9 counts of conspiracy

• Damien Drolet, 32 (arrested April 3, detained at the ACI) – Possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance