Man Indicted on 8 Counts of Trafficking Fentanyl, Heroin, Cocaine & Crack Cocaine

Thursday, November 08, 2018


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A man has been charged with eight counts of trafficking fentanyl, heroin, cocaine, and crack cocaine, as well as, being a felon in possession of a firearm

Franklin Valenzuela, 23, of Providence was charged in front of a federal grand jury in Providence on Tuesday with possession with intent to distribute 28 grams or more of cocaine base; possession with intent to distribute heroin; possession with intent to distribute cocaine; possession with intent to distribute fentanyl; distribution of cocaine; distribution of fentanyl; and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The indictment  is announced by United States Attorney Stephen G. Dambruch

The Investigation

According to court documents, in August 2018, Newport Police detectives launched an investigation into the alleged drug trafficking activities in Newport of Franklin Valenzuela, 23. The investigation included purchases of fentanyl by a Newport detective allegedly from Valenzuela. During the course of the investigation it was learned that Cranston Police detectives were also investigating Valenzuela’s alleged drug trafficking activities.

On August 31, 2018, an undercover Newport Police detective ordered a quantity of heroin from Valenzuela, who allegedly agreed to deliver the heroin to an apartment complex in Newport.

On that date, Newport and Cranston Police and members of the Rhode Island DEA Drug Task Force established surveillance in the area of the apartment complex in Newport and of Valenzuela’s Providence residence. Valenzuela was surveilled as he left his residence in Providence and drove to Newport.

Officers moved in and took Valenzuela into custody as he entered the apartment complex parking lot.

As Valenzuela exited the car, several small bags of heroin allegedly fell from Valenzuela’s lap. He was also found to be in possession of $1,393 in cash.

According to court documents, Valenzuela consented to a search of his Providence residence, where law enforcement allegedly seized 75 grams of cocaine and 18 grams of crack cocaine in small plastic bags, 423 grams of marijuana, a disassembled firearm and $7, 807 in cash. Also seized was a bag containing an unknown quantity of fentanyl.


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