3 arrested on drug charges after woman found dead in North Providence

Rhode Island State Police shared the three booking photos of those involved in a drug trafficking operation.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Rhode Island State Police said they arrested three people on charges of drug trafficking and failing to report a death on Wednesday.

Authorities said a month-long investigation lead to three search warrants being executed at three separate residences in North Providence, Providence and Johnston.

According to court documents, during the search of the North Providence property, police found a dead woman in the house.

Police also located a large heroin and fentanyl processing operation in the home.

The following items were seized from the North Providence residence:

  • Kilogram presses, stamps and molds
  • Digital scales and packaging materials for redistribution
  • 908 grams of heroin
  • 229 grams of fentanyl
  • $82,550 in cash

Rhode Island State Police shared this photo of the narcotics and paraphernalia seized from three local properties.

Police determined Noel Ignacio Moronta, 41, Nelson Reyes, 38, and Marien Solano, 36, all failed to report the death of the woman who is suspected to have died from an overdose.

Moronta, Reyes and Solano were also identified to be involved in the manufacture and or possession with intent to distribute significant amounts of illegal narcotics.

All three suspects were processed at the RISP Lincoln woods Barracks and were formally arraigned on Wednesday where they were all held without bail.

The identity of the deceased was not immediately released.

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