WESTERLY — A Pawtucket man was ordered held without bond after his arrest this week after an undercover police operation in Westerly.
The man, Aly B. Sylla, 26, is accused of selling cocaine to an undercover officer on three occasions over the past month. He was arraigned Tuesday in Fourth Division District Court Tuesday on three counts of manufacturing or delivery of narcotic substance and one count of possession of a narcotic substance. He was also cited with possession of less than an ounce of marijuana.
Sylla was charged in a Westerly drug investigation last October and was presented in court as a violator of the terms of his release. He was ordered held pending the outcome of a bail hearing.
"The charges stem from an investigation in May and June that was based on information learned following his arrest last year," Westerly Police Chief Shawn Lacey said.
According to a police report, an undercover agent established a meeting with Sylla and bought a gram of cocaine. In all three purchases, the police said, the agetn met Sylla at public locations in town.
Soon after the department obtained a warrant, Lacey said that an officer on patrol who was familiar with the case recognized Sylla's car in the downtown area on Tuesday. The driver told the officer that Sylla had just been dropped off.
Sylla was found in front of the stores on Broad Street and taken into custody. The police said he was in possession of 2.1 grams of cocaine and 2.7 grams of marijuana.
In his previous arrest in Westerly, he was charged with possession of a narcotic substance and cited with marijuana possession after the police found him with 7 grams of cocaine and 5.5 grams of marijuana during a traffic stop. He was released on a promise to appear.
He has not entered a plead in that case, which remains active in Washington County Superior Court.