WESTERLY — Four Bradford men and a Woonsocket woman were arrested following a monthlong investigation in which undercover police officers said they were able to infiltrate a group of crack cocaine distributors.
Arrested Thursday were:
• Santos Hernandez, 54, of 371 Bradford Road, Bradford, charged with two counts of manufacture-possession-delivery of heroin, felonies;
• Edwin Dejesus, 26, of 371 Bradford Road, Bradford, charged with three counts of manufacture-possession-delivery of cocaine, felonies; controlled substance conspiracy, two counts, felonies; and possession with intent to deliver;
• Jacob J. Rios, 29, of 46 North Main St., Apt. A, Bradford, charged with manufacture-possession-delivery of cocaine, and controlled substance conspiracy, felonies;
• Andrew Shawn, 22, of 11 Bowling Lane, Bradford, charged with manufacture-possession-delivery of cocaine, and controlled substance conspiracy, felonies;
• Ariana Z. Roman, 19, of Woonsocket, was charged with felony possession of clonazepam, a controlled substance. Police did not have a warrant for Roman, who was arrested on the scene.
The arrests came at 5:40 a.m. as a Westerly police Special Response detectives, along with the department’s K-9, Zigo, began the sweep at 371 Bradford Road. With four warrants in hand, police using “dynamic entry” forced their way into the house, where they found Hernandez, DeJesus, and Roman, who was described as DeJesus’ girlfriend.
The police said the men were in different areas of the house and were arrested without incident. Rios was arrested at his 46 North Main St. home and Shawn at his 11 Bowling Lane residence.
Police said that during a search of 371 Bradford Road, detectives found a quantity of suspected crack cocaine. The report said that Dejesus was suspected of trying to “dispose of or hide” the substance as officers entered the residence and that some of the cocaine was found on the carpeted floor.
Several thousand dollars in cash was also seized from various locations in the bedroom.
While conducting the search, the police said Roman admitted to having the clonazepam in her purse and said she did not have a prescription for it. The drug is also known as Klonopin, a benzodiazepine.
The five were arraigned before Judge Walter Gorman in 4th Division District Court Thursday afternoon, where no pleas were taken as is customary in felony cases.
The men were held without bail and transported to the Adult Correctional Institutions in Cranston for a future pretrial court date. Roman was released on surety bail.
Rios’s vehicle was seized from his residence and was secured “awaiting further forfeiture proceedings”, according to information in an arrest report provided by the department.
The drugs, about 20 grams, were sent to the Rhode Island Department of Health Forensic Science Unit for further testing.
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