State Police arrest Connecticut man while responding to drug overdose
By News Staff
LINCOLN, R.I. (WLNE) – Rhode Island State Police troopers arrested a Connecticut man on firearms and narcotics charges while responding to a drug overdose at Twin River Hotel Thursday.
State Police assigned to Twin River Casino responded to the hotel around 2:00 p.m. Thursday to assist Lincoln Rescue EMTs with a female guest who had overdosed on fentanyl.
Troopers on scene questioned the victim’s boyfriend, identified as 35-year-old Joseph Fortes of Moosup, Connecticut, a man with a lengthy criminal record including previous weapons and narcotics charges.
State Police said at the time of the overdose, Fortes was on probation from a previous conviction.
While investigating, troopers seized a 9mm semi-automatic handgun and a plastic bag containing 50 grams of suspected high-grade fentanyl.
Fortes was arrested and held overnight at the ACI pending arraignment.
- 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
He will be presented to the court as a probation violator on charges of Possession of Stolen Vehicle / Parts; Possession of a Controlled Substance – Schedule I-V; and License or Permit Required for Carrying a Pistol, all from North Providence Police in 2016.
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