Heroin bust breaks record in RI

By Abbey Niezgoda


Federal, state and local officials were side by side Friday, announcing a monumental drug bust in the capital city. The 19 kilos of heroin they found make it the largest heroin seizure in Rhode Island's history.

“Make no mistake about it, a seizure of this magnitude does not happen very often around the country,” Providence Police Chief Hugh Clements said.

Police caught up with Jorge Estrada, 21, of Providence and Angel Feliz, 47, of Dorchester, after watching them make drug deals in Price Rite Parking lots.

“We are not going to sit idly by and let criminals traffic drugs and wield illegal guns in our streets,” U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha said. “We will go after the worst of the worst.”

Armed with a search warrant, they carried out kilo after kilo of heroin from Estrada's home on Salina Street, valued at more than $4.5 million.

Police are now looking into whether or not the heroin they seized has links to the international problem of drug trafficking in Central America.

“We're investigating both where they originated and what the destination is,” Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare said. “But the bottom line is, it is a removal from our streets in America and particularly in Providence.”

The case is still under investigation. Police say they do expect to make more arrests in the future.