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Over $100,000 in cocaine found by RI State Police inside container of juice boxes

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Colonel Ann C. Assumpico, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Director of the Department of Public Safety, announces the arrest of a Providence resident on narcotics charges after Troopers seized $110,000 worth of cocaine and fentanyl during a traffic stop on Interstate 95 in West Greenwich.

Ana Melendez Santana, age 23, of 21 Sassafras St., Providence, was charged with:

Manufacture/possession/delivery of more than one kilo of cocaine
Delivery/possession with intent to deliver and manufacture – cocaine
Delivery/possession with intent to deliver and manufacture – fentanyl

Santana also was cited for driving with expired registration and operating a motor vehicle without evidence of insurance.

The arrest stemmed from a traffic stop on Interstate 95 North near Weaver Hill Road in West Greenwich at approximately 3 p.m. Thursday. Troopers seized several vacuum-sealed packages from a container of juice boxes in the car. The packages were found to contain:

3 kilograms of cocaine worth an estimated $100,000
4.3 ounces of fentanyl worth an estimated $10,000

Santana was arrested and processed at the Wickford Barracks and was held for arraignment in Third Division District Court.

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