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Providence police arrest dozens in drug trafficking ring bust

May 27, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Providence police arrest dozens in drug trafficking ring bust

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On Thursday, police in Providence, Rhode Island announced the arrest of dozens of people in connection with a ten-month drug trafficking probe dubbed “Operation Stop the Flow.”

Authorities revealed that 30 people were arrested, six of whom are high-level opioid dealers in the area. Each of the suspects faces multiple felony drug charges, ABC6 reported.

Prosecutors have identified the leader of the drug trafficking ring as 26-year-old Johan Jimenez.

He faces the most serious charges as investigators believe he led as a major supplier of heroin and fentanyl.

In sum, one kilo of heroin mixed with fentanyl and $65,000 cash was seized by authorities. Jimenez was also discovered with a loaded gun when he was arrested.

Twenty-four of those arrested were mid-level dealers from Fall River and New Bedford while the other six higher-level suspects worked out of Providence.

Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare expressed his content with getting the lethal drugs off the streets.

Providence police also issued a stern warning to other dealers that this is only the beginning of their probe.

Police told ABC6 News that the investigation is ongoing and there are still six active warrants out for suspects in Massachusetts who they are still trying to find.

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