Providence police make 4 drug arrests, seize large amounts of drugs

In total, 12, 221.4 grams of fentanyl, 2,587.55 grams of cocaine, $238,981 in U.S. currency, two cars, and six firearms were sized all in a one-day span.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Providence police said Friday they made four different drug arrests this week, seizing large amounts of drugs.

Police said that over the past few months, narcotics detectives were investigating a street level drug transaction in the Smith Hill area of the city.

“This area of the city has seen numerous incidents of violent crime, including a shooting at the corner of Chalkstone and Douglas avenues” earlier this month, said police.

Police said during the investigation, Calvin Mitchell was identified as suspect. After executing a signed search warrant on Oct. 12, Mitchell, who’s 37 years old, was arrested at his Candace Street apartment.

Providence police shared this booking photo of Calvin Mitchell.

There, officers found and seized 145.7 grams of cocaine, three guns, and about $9,171 in U.S. currency.

Those guns were a Smith and Wesson 380 caliber, a stolen Sig Sauer 380 caliber out of Connecticut, and a Glock 9mm with an extended magazine that holds 16 live rounds.

Mitchell was charged with the following:

  • Possession with intent to distribute cocaine
  • Possession of one ounce to 1 kilogram of cocaine
  • 3 counts of possession of firearm while committing a crime of violence
  • 3 counts of possession of firearm after conviction of crime of violence
  • Possession of stolen firearm

Also on Oct. 12, Michael Nelson, 60, was arrested on Corliss Street after police were notified of a suspicious package.

“A lot of drugs go through the post office,” said Major David Lapatin. “That was the case the other morning.”

Inside that package, police said they found children’s toys and about 2 kilograms of cocaine.

The 60-year-old was charged with possession with the intent to distribute cocaine and possession of 1 ounce to 1 kilogram of cocaine.

Providence police shared this booking photo of Michael Nelson.

For the past few months, Providence’s intelligence bureau detectives, along with Massachusetts State Police and Bristol County Sherriff’s Office, have been investigating Yansilis Grullon, 43.

They learned that the suspect was storing large amounts of fentanyl in a stash house on Merino Street in Providence, and distributing them throughout different communities, including in Fall River.

Providence police shared this booking photo of Yansilis Grullon.

After executing search warrants for both his home and stash house, the 43-year-old was arrested Wednesday.

Three guns — a black Taurus GX4 9mm, a black Glock 19 9mm, and a black Taurus G2C9mm — were taken from his home on Horace Street. They also seized several 9mm ammunition, drug packaging material, and $229,810 in U.S. currency.

Over at his stash house, police said they found and seized a large amount of drug packing material, empty kilo wrappers, 141 grams of cocaine, and about 11 kilograms of fentanyl.

During a press conference Friday, police said K-9 Vader was searching Grullon’s home when he was exposed to fentanyl. His handler noticed him acting strange and administered Narcan. The K-9 was then taken to the veterinarian.

Glad to say that he is OK and he was out working on search warrants this morning,” said Captain Roger Aspinall.

Grullon was charged with the following:

  • Possession with intent to deliver fentanyl
  • Possession with intent to deliver cocaine
  • Possession of one ounce to one kilo of cocaine, keeping a common nuisance
  • Unlawful distributing/manufacture fentanyl/cocaine within 300 yards of a school grounds
  • Possession of more than one kilogram of fentanyl
  • Possession of a firearm with intent to deliver fentanyl/cocaine

On the South Side of Providence, officers conducted a car stop Wednesday at the corner Hamilton and Sackett streets.

The driver of the car, identified as 21-year-old Roberto Delossantos, had a large vacuum sealed package of suspected narcotics in his car, said police.

According to detectives, the package contained about 1 kilogram of  purple dyed fentanyl.

A certain color will be kind of like marking your territory,” said Cpt. Aspinall. 

Providence police shared this booking photo of Roberto Dellossantos.

“This was an incredible day for the Providence Police Department in terms of removing voluminous amounts of illicit drugs and illegal firearms off of our city streets,” said  Col. Hugh Clements.

Providence police said their work doesn’t stop here, as they continue to get more drugs off of the streets.

That was two days ago. Today, they’re already out with search warrants. They don’t stop, so it just keeps going,” said Maj. Lapatin.

In total, 12, 221.4 grams of fentanyl, 2,587.55 grams of cocaine, $238,981 in U.S. currency, two cars, and six firearms were sized all in a one-day span.

This is an image of the guns that were seized earlier this week. (WLNE)

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