Work of Providence K9 Unit leads to several arrests

K9 Officer Ripp and partner Officer Chabot

By News Staff


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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – Providence Police say that the hard work of their K9 units led to several narcotics and firearm apprehensions throughout the month of November.

On November 8th, Providence Police Narcotics Detectives investigated complaints of narcotic activity in the Elmwood Avenue area. After police identified a suspect vehicle, K9 unit Gero and partner Officer Louis Salinaro conducted a full search of the vehicle, alerting officers to the vehicle’s back seat.

After obtaining a search warrant, detectives located a hidden storage compartment in the vehicle’s back seat in which they found and seized 162 grams of cocaine. Police charged Douglas Sosa, 35, and Juan Perez, 35, with various narcotic offenses, while Pedro Barbosa, 44, was charged with possession of cocaine.

On November 12th, K9 unit Ripp and partner Officer Eric Chabot assisted patrol officers with a vehicle stop in the area of Sorrento and Waldo Street, where a subject had fled the scene. K9 Ripp identified a jacket tucked into the corner of a house toward which the subject had fled. After performing a weapons check of the area, K9 Ripp led Officer Chabot to a 9mm Glock 19 pistol and a 31-round magazine.

After further investigation by Detectives, Police were able to charge James Torres, 20, of Providence, with unlawful possession of a firearm without a license.

Finally on November 22nd, Task Force Officers were searching for a vehicle operating the Lowell Avenue area occupied by a subject in possession of a firearm. K9 Jimbo and partner Officer Daniel Sirignano responded to the scene to assist.

Following further investigation the subject attempted to flee from the scene and was apprehended by police. K9 Jimbo conducted a search of the vehicle and alerted officers to a bag next to the driver’s seat containing a Smith and Wesson revolver containing four live rounds. Anthony Dwyer, 22, of Providence, was charged with various firearm offenses by Task Force Officers.

The Providence Police K9 Unit is staffed with four K9 officers and their partners. These dogs have been trained to use their keen sense of smell to search faster, safer and more accurately than the officers have the ability to on their own.

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