Connecticut man arrested for weapons and narcotics charges

By News Staff

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LINCOLN, R.I (WLNE) – Rhode Island State Police (RISP) arrest a Connecticut man on weapons and narcotics charges while they were responding to a reported overdose at the Twin River Hotel on Friday. 

On May 25th, 2019, RISP Gaming Enforcement Unit assigned to Twin River, responded to the hotel at approximately 2:00 p.m to assist rescue personnel with a drug overdose. 

The EMTs from Lincoln Rescue confirmed that a woman had overdosed after ingesting an unknown amount of fentanyl. 

She survived the overdose and was taken to Rhode Island Hospital. 

Police questioned the woman’s boyfriend, no identified as 35-year-old Joseph Fortes, of Moosup, Connecticut.

The police learned that Fortes had an extensive criminal history that included weapons and narcotics violations. 

According to police, Fortes was also currently on probation from a previous conviction. 

After an investigation, troopers seized a Kel Tec9mm semi-automatic handgun and a plastic bag containing 50 grams of suspected fentanyl. 

Fortes was arrested and charged with:

  • License or Permit Required for Carrying a Pistol
  • Possession with Intent to Deliver & Manufacture a Controlled Substance – Schedule I/II (Fentanyl)
  • Possession of Firearm by Convict in a Crime of Violence

Police say Fortes was held overnight at the ACI, pending arraignment for Saturday in Sixth Division District Court. 

He also will be presented as a violator of the terms of his probation from the prior charges from North Providence in 2016:

  • Possession of Stolen Vehicle/Parts
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance – Schedule I-V
  • License or Permit Required for Carrying a Pistol 

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