20 Arrested Across Rhode Island in Organized Criminal Gambling Sweep

Saturday, April 16, 2016

 

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A Statewide Organized Criminal Gambling sweep resulted in 20 arrests and the seizure of 330 pounds of Marijuana and $311,596 in United States currency, announced Colonel Steven O'Donnell, Peter Kilmartin. Those arrested consisted of 19 men and 1 woman, all on charges relating to the management of a statewide criminal gambling organization and a marijuana distribution operation.

The arrests were a result of an 8 month investigation that was led by members of the State Police Intelligence Unit and the Office of the Rhode Island Attorney General that resulted in the execution of arrest warrants and search warrants on Tuesday, April 12.

The Arrests are as follows:

1. Thomas J. Pilderian, age 45, of 55 Pine Ridge Road, Cranston 1) Bookmaking, 2.) Organized Criminal Gambling, 3.) Conspiracy

2. Mark B. Battista, age 39, of 400 Narragansett Parkway, Warwick 1) Bookmaking 2) Organized Criminal Gambling 3) Conspiracy 4) Possession of Controlled Substance – 3 counts

3. Mark V. Marinaro, age 43, of 11 Winward Circle, Warwick 1.) Organized Criminal Gambling, 2.) Conspiracy

4. Jason M. Pilderian, age 39, of 25 Talbut Road, Scituate 1.) Organized Criminal Gambling, 2.) Conspiracy

5. Joseph R. Brunelle, age 38, of 12 Palm Street, North Providence 1.) Organized Criminal Gambling, 2.) Conspiracy

6. Eric D. Glaude, age 40, of 35 Marigold Circle, North Providence 1.) Organized Criminal Gambling, 2.) Conspiracy

7. Dustin R. Sears, age 40, of 40 Braeburn Circle, Cranston 1.) Organized Criminal Gambling, 2.) Conspiracy

8. David J. Disano, age 42 of 83 West Hill Drive, Cranston 1.) Organized Criminal Gambling, 2.) Conspiracy

9. Jonny E. Lubo, age 44, of 111 Wunnegin Circle, Warwick 1.) Organized Criminal Gambling, 2.) Conspiracy

10. James J. Petrella, age 31, of 26 Beach Row, Narragansett 1) Bookmaking, 2.) Organized Criminal Gambling, 3.) Conspiracy

11. Timothy J. Moretti, age 46, of 1710 Phenix Avenue, Cranston 1) Bookmaking 2.) Organized Criminal Gambling 3.) Conspiracy 4.) Violation of Probation for prior convictions of Possession with Intent to Deliver Cocaine and Possession of 1 ounce to 1 kilogram of Cocaine.

12. Sean W. Furney, age 24, of 48 Roosevelt Street, Warwick 1.) Organized Criminal Gambling, 2.) Conspiracy

13. Brian K. Cipolla, age 48, of 178 Council Rock Road, Cranston 1.) Organized Criminal Gambling, 2.) Conspiracy

14. Lewis Silveira, age 50, of 154 North Street, Warwick 1.) Organized Criminal Gambling, 2.) Conspiracy

15. John Depietro, age 41, 39 Prospect Avenue, South Kingstown 1.) Possession with intent to deliver 1 to 5 kilos of marijuana 2.) Possession of 1 to 5 kilos of marijuana 3.) Possession of Adderall with intent to deliver

16. Christopher R. Costantino, age 24, of 10 Cedar Pond Drive, Warwick 1.) Organized Criminal Gambling, 2.) Conspiracy

17. Joseph A. Capelli, age 38, of 58 Firglade Drive, Cranston 1.) Organized Criminal Gambling, 2.) Conspiracy

18. Louis Scaglione Jr., age 24, of 34 Bridgham Farm, Road, East Providence 1.) Organized Criminal Gambling, 2.) Conspiracy

19. Zhen L. Wu, DOB: 12/11/83, of 125 Pleasant St. Cranston 1.) Possession with Intent to Deliver Marijuana 2.) Possession with Intent to Deliver Marijuana – 1 to 5 KG 3.) Possession with Intent to Deliver Marijuana 4.) Possession with Intent to Deliver Marijuana – Over 5 KG 5.) Controlled Substance

20. Shu Y. Ruan, DOB: 6/30/75, of 125 Pleasant St. Cranston 1.) Possession with Intent to Deliver Marijuana 2.) Possession with Intent to Deliver Marijuana – 1 to 5 KG 3.) Possession with Intent to Deliver Marijuana 4.) Possession with Intent to Deliver Marijuana – Over 5 KG 5.) Controlled Substance

The arrests and search warrants resulted in the seizure of gambling ledgers, $311,596 in United States currency, 330 pounds of marijuana, 2015 Ford F-150 pickup, 2015 Toyota Sienna Minivan, 2010 Chevrolet Silverado pickup, 10 Computers, 11 Cellular Phones, 6 Digital Storage Devices, 2 scales and 2 Money Counting Machines.

The Investigation

The investigation started after receiving information that alleged that Thomas Pilderian was operating an illegal bookmaking operation from his business, The Cozy Grill Restaurant located at 440 Warwick Avenue in Warwick. The investigation confirmed the information provided and identified Mark Battista,  Mark Marinaro, Jason Pilderian, Joseph Brunelle, Eric Glaude, David Disanao and Jonny Lubo as alleged co-conspirators in the operation.

The investigation led to the identification of a second alleged illegal bookmaking operation run by James Petrella and Timothy Moretti. Sean Furney, Brian Cipolla, Lewis Silveira, Lois Scaglione Jr., Christopher Costantino and Joseph Capelli were identified as alleged co-conspirators with Petrella and Moretti.

Both alleged illegal gambling operations used the internet to perform most of the betting and record keeping functions. Pilderian used the betcapri.com webiste while Petrella and Moretti used the VIPbettors.com website.

Both websites appear to be based in Costa Rica.

During the investigation, members of the Intelligence Unit received information that Zhen Wu was trafficking large quantities of marijuana. Surveillance over the past few weeks then confirmed this information and identified a storage locker Wu visited frequently at 604 Park Avenue in Cranston.

Punishments

A person convicted of Organized Criminal Gambling may be imprisoned for not more than 5 years and fined not more than $10,000.

A person convicted of Bookmaking may be punished by a fine not exceeding $500 or imprisonment not exceeding one year, and upon a second conviction of a violation of this section shall be imprisoned for a period not less than one nor more than 5 years.

A person convicted of possession with intent to deliver one 1 kilogram to 5 kilograms of marijuana may be imprisoned for a term up to 50 years and fined not more than $500,000.

A person convicted of possession with intent to deliver over five 5 kilograms of marijuana may be imprisoned for a term up to life and fined not more than $1,000,000.

 

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Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 0

2013 Violent Crimes: 0

2013 Population: 3,474

Murder:  0

Forcible Rape0

Robbery0

Aggravated Assaults0

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2013 Violent Crimes: 1

2013 Population: 5,442

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 1

Robbery: 0

Aggravated Assaults: 0

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#36 Barrington

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 0.184

2013 Violent Crimes: 3

2013 Population: 16,286

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 1

Robbery: 1

Aggravated Assaults: 1

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#35 Scituate

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 0.287

2013 Violent Crimes: 3

2013 Population: 10,443

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 1

Robbery: 0

Aggravated Assaults: 2

Interesting fact from the data: In 2013, Scituate had 37 recorded cases of larceny-theft.

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Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 0.304

2013 Violent Crimes: 3

2013 Population: 9,858

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 1

Robbery: 0

Aggravated Assaults: 2

Interesting fact from the data: Glocester only recorded 49 property crimes in the entire year. 

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#33 East Greenwich

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 0.458

2013 Violent Crimes: 6

2013 Population: 13,104

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 1

Robbery: 3

Aggravated Assaults: 2

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#32 Bristol

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 0.496

2013 Violent Crimes: 11

2013 Population: 22,160

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 6

Robbery: 2

Aggravated Assaults: 3

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#31 Portsmouth

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 0.520

2013 Violent Crimes: 9

2013 Population: 17,300

Murder: 1

Forcible Rape: 1

Robbery: 0

Aggravated Assaults: 7

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#30 Hopkinton

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 0.616

2013 Violent Crimes: 5

2013 Population: 8,112

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 2

Robbery: 0

Aggravated Assaults: 3

Interesting fact from the data: 84 cases larceny-theft were recorded for the entire year.

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#29 Foster

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 0.644

2013 Violent Crimes: 3

2013 Population: 4,660

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 0

Robbery: 0

Aggravated Assaults: 3

Interesting fact from the data: In 2013, Foster had 0 cases of arson.

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#28 Richmond

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 0.658

2013 Violent Crimes: 5

2013 Population: 7,598

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 1

Robbery: 1

Aggravated Assaults: 3

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#27 South Kingstown

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 0.693

2013 Violent Crimes: 21

2013 Population: 30,309

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 7

Robbery: 2

Aggravated Assaults: 12

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Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 0.702

2013 Violent Crimes: 11

2013 Population: 15,668

Murder: 1

Forcible Rape: 3

Robbery: 1

Aggravated Assaults: 6

Interesting fact from the data: 164 larceny-thefts were recorded in Narragansett  in 2013.

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#25 Smithfield

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 0.745

2013 Violent Crimes: 16

2013 Population: 21,490

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 0

Robbery: 2

Aggravated Assaults: 14

Interesting fact from the data: Only 3 arsons were recorded in Smithfield for the entire year.

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#24 Middletown

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 0.873

2013 Violent Crimes: 14

2013 Population: 16,037

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 8

Robbery: 0

Aggravated Assaults: 6

Interesting fact from the data: In Middletwon, 11 motor vehicle thefts were recorded.

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#23 Coventry

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 0.886

2013 Violent Crimes: 31

2013 Population: 34,971

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 8

Robbery: 2

Aggravated Assaults: 21

Interesting fact from the data: 99 burglaries were recorded in Coventry.

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#22 Johnston

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 0.894

2013 Violent Crimes: 26

2013 Population: 29,068

Murder: 2

Forcible Rape: 8

Robbery: 4

Aggravated Assaults: 12

Interesting fact from the data: 564 property crimes were recorded in Johnston in 2013.

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#21 North Kingstown

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 0.956

2013 Violent Crimes: 25

2013 Population: 26,156

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 3

Robbery: 4

Aggravated Assaults: 18

Interesting fact from the data: In North Kingstown, only 5 arsons were recorded.

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#20 Charlestown

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 1.03

2013 Violent Crimes: 8

2013 Population: 7,770

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 2

Robbery: 2

Aggravated Assaults: 4

Interesting fact from the data: 1 motor vehicle theft was recorded in Charlestown .

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#19 Lincoln

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 1.031

2013 Violent Crimes: 22

2013 Population: 21,334

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 2

Robbery: 7

Aggravated Assaults: 13

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#18 Cumberland

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 1.058

2013 Violent Crimes: 36

2013 Population: 34,028

Murder: 1

Forcible Rape: 3

Robbery: 10

Aggravated Assaults: 22

Interesting fact from the data: In Cumberland, 322 larceny-thefts were recorded for 2013.

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#17 Westerly

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 1.061

2013 Violent Crimes: 24

2013 Population: 22,629

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 9

Robbery: 2

Aggravated Assaults: 13

Interesting fact from the data: A total of 74 recorded burglaries were recorded in Westerly .

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#16 Warren

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 1.137

2013 Violent Crimes: 12

2013 Population: 10,557

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 3

Robbery: 4

Aggravated Assaults: 5

Interesting fact from the data: 14 motor vehicle thefts were recorded in Warren.

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#15 Warwick

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 1.137

2013 Violent Crimes: 93

2013 Population: 81,789 

Murder: 4

Forcible Rape: 35

Robbery: 15

Aggravated Assaults: 39

Interesting fact from the data: In 2013, 2,015 property crimes were recorded in Warwick.

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#14 West Greenwich

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 1.150

2013 Violent Crimes: 7

2013 Population: 6,085 

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 3

Robbery: 1

Aggravated Assaults: 3

Interesting fact from the data: In West Greenwich, recorded motor vehicle thefts were double the number of arsons recorded in 2013.

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#13 North Smithfield

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 1.153

2013 Violent Crimes: 14

2013 Population: 12,138

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 3

Robbery: 3

Aggravated Assaults: 8

Interesting fact from the data: There were 0 recorded arsons in North Smithfield  in 2013.

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#12 Burrillville

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 1.239

2013 Violent Crimes: 20

2013 Population: 16,141

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 7

Robbery: 0

Aggravated Assaults: 13

Interesting fact from the data: Only 7 motor vehicle thefts were recorded in Burriville in 2013.

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#11 East Providence

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 1.271

2013 Violent Crimes: 60

2013 Population: 47,200

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 12

Robbery: 16

Aggravated Assaults: 32

Interesting fact from the data: 531 larceny-thefts were recorded in East Providence.

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#10 Tiverton

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 1.330

2013 Violent Crimes: 21

2013 Population: 15,792

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 5

Robbery: 5

Aggravated Assaults: 11

Interesting fact from the data: Tiverton had 0 arsons recorded.

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#9 North Providence

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 1.458

2013 Violent Crimes: 47

2013 Population: 32,234

Murder: 2

Forcible Rape: 10

Robbery: 7

Aggravated Assaults: 28

Interesting fact from the data: 338 larceny-thefts were recorded in North Providence in 2013.

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#8 Cranston

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 1.871

2013 Violent Crimes: 151

2013 Population: 80,718

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 29

Robbery: 42

Aggravated Assaultss: 80

Interesting fact from the data: In 2013, 1,755 property crimes were recorded in Cranston.

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#7 West Warwick

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 1.874

2013 Violent Crimes: 54

2013 Population: 28,817

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 23

Robbery: 12

Aggravated Assaults: 19

Interesting fact from the data: In West Warwick, 24 motor vehicle thefts were recorded.

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#6 New Shoreham

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 2.885

2013 Violent Crimes: 3

2013 Population: 1,040

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 0

Robbery: 0

Aggravated Assaults: 3

Interesting fact from the data: Only 14 larceny-thefts were recorded in New Shoreham in 2013.

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#5 Pawtucket

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 3.913

2013 Violent Crimes: 279

2013 Population: 71,305

Murder: 5

Forcible Rape: 44

Robbery: 71

Aggravated Assaults: 159

Interesting fact from the data: 2,322 property crimes were recorded in Pawtucket.

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#4 Newport

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 4.649

2013 Violent Crimes: 111

2013 Population: 23,874

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 19

Robbery: 12

Aggravated Assaults: 80

Interesting fact from the data: Newport had 17 arsons in 2013 recorded.

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#3 Woonsocket

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 5.870

2013 Violent Crimes: 241

2013 Population: 41,057

Murder: 1

Forcible Rape: 41

Robbery: 48

Aggravated Assaults: 151

Interesting fact from the data: 87 motor vehicle thefts were recorded in Woonsocket  in 2013.

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#2 Providence

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 6.233

2013 Violent Crimes: 1,115

2013 Population: 178,887

Murder: 12

Forcible Rape: 97

Robbery: 365

Aggravated Assaults: 641

Interesting fact from the data: Providence had more property crimes than any other city and town in RI in 2013.

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#1 Central Falls

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 6.751

2013 Violent Crimes: 131

2013 Population: 19,404

Murder: 2

Forcible Rape: 9

Robbery: 34

Aggravated Assaults: 86

Interesting fact from the data: 12 arsons were recorded in Central Falls in 2013.

 
 

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