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Providence Police Seize 11 Firearms in Four Separate Incidents

Tuesday, June 09, 2015


In the span of less than a week, the Providence Police Department seized eleven firearms across four separate different incidents, according to Office of the Public Safety Commissioner. 

“Providence is fortunate to have such a capable and distinguished police department,” said Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza. “I commend recent efforts to keep illegal guns off of our streets. Residents, businesses and visitors can be assured that our commitment to keeping this city safe will not waiver.”

June 4 and 5 Incidents

The first incident came on June 4 when Detective Thomas Zincone encountered Juan Lajara, 23, and Thomas Lumpkins, 26, at 85 Congress Avenue. Zincone engaged in a brief struggle with Lajara, after which he was able to secure a warrant for the address that led to the discovery of a .380 caliber handgun outside the apartment, and a .30 caliber revolver, 3 grams of heroin, and 5 grams of marijuana inside it. 

Lajara and Lumpkins were both charged with possession of a firearm without a license and Lumpkins was also charged with narcotics violations.

On June 5 an investigation by the Providence Police Narcotics Bureau led to the seizure of seven firearms from a Pawtucket home, as well as the interception of an attempted narcotics shipment.

Angel Franco, 65, and his son, Angel Franco Jr., 42, were charged with possession of 1-5 kilograms of cocaine and conspiracy. Franco Sr. was also charged with possession of a firearm after being convicted of a crime of violence, and four counts of possession of a stolen firearm.

June 7 Incidents

On June 7 Providence Police Task Force Officers Sean Lafferty and Matthew McGloin were patrolling the Lexington Street when they encountered Trenton Keith, 20, who pulled a firearm on the officers.

Keith was ultimately apprehended in the back yard of 198 Adelaide Avenue, where a Beretta 92F with obliterated serial numbers was also discovered in a trash can in the yard. Keith was charged with two counts of felony assault, possession of a firearm while committing a crime of violence, and possession of a firearm with obliterated serial numbers.

The final incident occurred on June 7 when Task Force Officer Eric Chabot observed a light-skinned Hispanic male walking from the side of a green trash can. The male fled the scene, but Chabot ultimately seized a Interarms (Firestar) 9mm gun in the trash can. 


Related Slideshow: Police Militarization - Department by Department Breakdown

Below are those fifteen local police departments that have obtained military supplies, listed from least to most items acquired. The list does not include acquisition records for certain tactical weapons and supplies for which the Pentagon has refused to release department-specific data. (In those instances only county-level data has been released. That data is not included below.) Records are for recent acquisitions going back to 2009 and were obtained from the Defense Logistics Agency.

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Items Purchased: 3

Summary of Equipment: Dump truck (1 unit), Snow plow plade (1 unit), Truck and tractor attachments (1 unit)

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West Warwick

Items Purchased: 5

Summary of Equipment: Shotgun barrel (1 unit), Immersion suit (1 unit, can be used for underwater operations)

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East Providence

Items Purchased: 10

Summary of Equipment: Radio sets (4 units), Miscellaneous vehicle parts (6 total units)

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Items Purchased: 12

Summary of Equipment: M84 charging handle (8 units, is part of a rifle)

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Items Purchased: 15

Summary of Equipment: Small arms sling swivel (10 units), Optical reflex units (5 units)

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Items Purchased: 17

Summary of Equipment: Digital computer systems (3 units), Flat panel monitors (10 units)

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Items Purchased: 43

Summary of Equipment: Binoculars (5 units), Ballistic protective spectacles (25 units), Sight mount (5 units)

Photo credit: Stanislas PERRIN

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Items Purchased: 49

Summary of Equipment: Armor Plate (1 unit), Survival vest pocksts (30 units)

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Items Purchased: 70

Summary of Equipment: High capacity rifle magazines (12 units), Ammunition-carrying vests (4 units), Ballistic protective spectacles (20 units)

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North Kingstown

Items Purchased: 72

Summary of Equipment: High capacity rifle magazines (27 units), Small arms storage rack (5 units), Satellite systems navigation set (4 units)

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East Greenwich

Items Purchased: 99

Summary of Equipment: Binoculars (10 units), Ballistic and laser protective spectacles (53 units), Ballistic protective spectables (30 unites)

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Items Purchased: 100

Summary of Equipment: High capacity rifle magazines (100 units)

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Items Purchased: 257

Summary of Equipment: Ballistic and laser protective spectacles (6 units), Rifle bipods (10 units), Field pack (10 units, designed for clothing rations, and additional items like ammunition), Passenger motor vehicles (3 units)

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Items Purchased: 1,604

Summary of Equipment: HMMWV (Humvee) M1165 Assembly Kit (2 units), Gun magazines (432 units), Night vision face masks (8 units), Gun silencers (54), Small arms sight mounts (6 units)

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Items Purchased: 2,389

Summary of Equipment: Armor plates (30 units), Demolition firing device (1 unit), Improvised Explosive Device training it (9 units), High capacity rifle magazines (599 units), Chemical protective suit (1 unit), High-speed tractor (1 unit), Diesel generators (2 units), Flat panel monitors (21 units)


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