UPDATED: Providence Police Arrest 30 in “Operation Stop the Flow” Heroin Sting
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Providence Police have arrested 30 individuals in connection to a ten-month trafficking investigation called “Operation Stop the Flow.”
"UPDATED: See Photos and Names of All 30 Arrests BELOW"
The top three individuals organizing the operation are among those who have already been apprehended.
Johan Jimenez, 26 of Providence, Mario Hernandez, 28 of Cranston and Yosiel Rondon Vargas, 19 of Providence were all charged with multiple drug and conspiracy charges.
Jimenez was also charged with possession of a firearm while committing a crime of violence and all three had warrants for their arrest.
Over the past two months, police have worked to intercept communication between the group and have conducted hundreds of hours of surveillance.
Through their investigation, Detective Joe Black was able to obtain 13 search warrants and thirty-six arrest warrants.
Currently, police have apprehended 30 of the 36, 24 from Fall River, MA and six from Providence.
During the investigation police seized over one kilogram of heroin/fentanyl, $65,000 U.S. Currency, a 9 millimeter Walther PPX semi-automatic firearm with live rounds, and other drug and firearm paraphernalia as well as other high end items that were discovered during house searches.
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