Three Providence men arrested for large-scale fentanyl distribution ring

PROVIDENCE, RI – After a two-month investigation, police have arrested three men connected to a large-scale fentanyl distribution ring which operated in Rhode Island and Southeastern, Massachusetts.

In April, members of the East Providence PD ‘s Vice Unit were in contact with the Massachusetts State Police and Bristol County Sheriff’s Office regarding a large-scale fentanyl distribution ring operating in the two states.

Police opened an investigation and were able to identify locations in East Providence and Providence where large quantities of fentanyl were being sold.

In May, the Vice Unit teamed up with the Providence PD establishing surveillance teams throughout the two cities.

On June 4 around 10 p.m. search warrants were made for two separate Providence addresses, and a Honda Accord.

During the search, officers located and seized a large number of suspected narcotics, cash and paraphernalia.

Police Seized:

  • Approximately 3 kilograms of suspected fentanyl (value wholesale $50,000 per/kilo)
  • 6.4 grams of suspected fentanyl pills
  • 15 grams of suspected cocaine
  • $59,326
  • Kilo press
  • Several cell phones
  • 2016 Honda Accord (two after-market compartments)


The following Providence men were charged with manufacturing, possession, and delivery of Schedule I/II Substance:

  • Andrew Savinon, 29
  • Lorenzo Rivas, 23
  • Erick D. Gutierrez-Polanco, 23

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