Two suspects busted for Fentanyl distribution in Cranston

Courtesy of Cranston Police

By: News Staff

CRANSTON. R.I. –An ongoing narcotics investigation led to the seizure of approximately fifty-eight grams of Fentanyl, and the arrests of two individuals, police say.

On December 2nd, 2016, 26-year-old Andrea Carpentieri, and 36-year-old Nelson Buitrago, of Glenwood Avenue, in Cranston, were arrested after being found in a locked bedroom, with Carpentieri hiding in a closet.

According to the Department’s Special Investigation Unit, with the strength of a court-authorized search warrant, officials were able to also confiscate: scales and packaging, $3,205 in cash, and a 2008 Saturn vehicle.

Members of the Special Investigations Unit, K-9 unit and Patrol Officers were also part of the ongoing effort to identify and arrest individuals distributing Fentanyl in the City of Cranston.

Both Buitrago and Carpentieri were formally arraigned in the Third District Court in Warwick on December 5, 2016 and denied bail pending a hearing before the Superior Court.

Carpentieri was charged with: possession of Fentanyl (schedule II) with intent to deliver, and conspiracy to violate the controlled substance act, while Buitrago was charged with possession of Fentanyl (schedule II) with intent to deliver, conspiracy to violate the controlled substance act, and violation of a no contact order, as a subsequent offense.

Colonel Winquist of The Cranston Police Department stated: “The arrests of both suspects and the seizure of a significant quantity of Fentanyl eliminates an alleged distribution operation in our City, which if allowed to continue would likely resulted in deadly consequences for many. We, as a police department, will continue to make removing the Fentanyl and Heroin from our neighborhoods a priority and will dedicate whatever resources are necessary to accomplish this goal.”

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