Central Falls Police: Drug Sweep Has Reduced Violence In The City

Nov 7, 2013

A four-month long investigation has resulted in the arrests of nearly three dozen accused drug dealers. The investigation targeted narcotics activity in Central Falls.

Rhode Island State Police Steven O'Donnell along with Central Falls Police Chief James Mendonca and Mayor James Diossa announce the results of a recent drug bust.
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Starting in June Central Falls police noticed an uptick in shootings. They suspected it was drug related so they called in the state police to help them out.  The result was the arrests of 35 individuals over a four month period and the seizure of a sizable collection of illegal drugs, said Rhode Island State Police Superintendent Steven O’Donnell.

“This includes the seizure of 229 grams of cocaine, 126 grams of crack, 214 grams of heroin and about $20,000 in U.S. currency and the seizure of a firearm,” said O’Donnell. “The total street value of the drugs was approximately $42,000.”

Central Falls Police Chief James Mendonca said the drug busts have alleviated the violence in his city.  Central Falls Mayor James Diossa agreed, saying the city feels safer.

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