2 arrested for alleged roles in drug ring, dog fighting operation in South Kingstown

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WLNE) — Rhode Island State Police arrested two people after a lengthy investigation into a drug ring and dog fighting operation in South Kingstown.

Troopers used a search warrant at a South County Trail apartment on Thursday.

Mason Wilson, 35, and Tarra Jackson, 29, were arrested after authorities say they saved seven dogs and seized nine guns, two large capacity feeding devices, and 112 grams of cocaine and fentanyl.

Photos taken by troopers show dogs in caged enclosures with trash and clutter.

Wilson faces seven counts of unnecessary cruelty to animals as well as possession with intent to deliver several narcotics and illegal gun possession charges.

Jackson faces a possession of cocaine and fentanyl charge.

They were both processed at the Wickford barracks and arraigned at Fourth Division District Court.

Police said Wilson was held without bail and ordered not to have any animals. Jackson was issued a bail of $3,000 with surety.

Wilson is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday, according to online court records.

The Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and South Kingstown police assisted in the investigation.

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