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Rhode Island State Police arrest 21 in drug, crime ring dubbed Operation Heat

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Colonel James M. Manni, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Director of the Department of Public Safety, announces that members of the Rhode Island State Police High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) have culminated an investigation, “Operation Heat”, with multiple arrests of individuals connected to a group of violent criminal associates. These arrests are the result of a long-term court authorized Title III Wire Intercept investigation led by the Rhode Island State Police HIDTA Task Force. The Rhode Island Office of Attorney General, Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Homeland Security , Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Providence Police Department worked jointly on this long term investigation.

It is alleged that Janssye Toucet, age 32, of 1775 Bicentennial Way, North Providence, Rhode Island, was involved in the transportation, possession, and use of numerous illegal firearms and organized, orchestrated, and conspired to execute the shooting of rivals, including two recent shootings in the City of Providence, as well as directing the distribution of illegal narcotics.

The first shooting occurred on May 20, 2019 at Club Seven, 114 Spruce street, Providence, when two people were shot and suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

The second shooting occurred on June 16, 2019 in the area of El Patio Night club on Public Street in Providence resulting in non-life-threatening injuries to one person. Multiple gunshots were fired on each of these occasions.

During this investigation, forty-five court authorized search warrants were executed on vehicles, residences and electronic devices which resulted in the seizure of four (4) firearms, thirteen vehicles, $48,315 in U.S. currency and illegal controlled substances to include cocaine, heroin, and fentanyl. A total number of eighteen thousand seven hundred and ninety four (18,794) calls and SMS messages were intercepted during the course of this investigation.

As a result of their investigation into both shootings and additional criminal acts by Janssye Toucet and his associates, members of the HIDTA Task Force have arrested the following individuals on the following charges:

Janssye Toucet, age 32, of 1775 Bicentennial Way, North Providence
Two counts of conspiracy to commit assault with a dangerous weapon
Two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon
Two counts of discharge of firearm resulting in Injury
Two counts of possession of a pistol without a license
Possession of a firearm after a conviction for a crime of violence
Two counts of using a Firearm While committing a Crime of Violence
Possession of a stolen motor vehicle
Three counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver-Fentanyl
Three Counts of possession of a controlled substance 1 ounce to 1 kilo-Fentanyl
Controlled substance conspiracy

Jonathan Garrido, age 26, of 584 Plainfield Street, Providence
Conspiracy to sell firearm
Possession of a firearm after a conviction for a crime of violence

Tatiana Flores, age 25 of 38 Marion Avenue, Providence
Two counts of conspiracy to commit assault with a dangerous weapon
Two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon
Two counts of discharge of firearm resulting in injury
Using a firearm while committing a crime of violence
Two counts of possession of a pistol without a license

Anthony Florian, age 26 of 139 Pierce Avenue, Warwick
Possession of a pistol without a license
Conspiracy to commit assault with a dangerous weapon
Assault with a dangerous weapon
Using a firearm while committing a crime of violence
Firing in compact area
Eluding police
Possession of a firearm after committing a crime of violence

Arnold Angeles, age 25 of 13 Ida Street, Providence
Possession of a pistol without a license
Conspiracy to commit assault with a dangerous weapon
Using a firearm while committing a crime of violence
Firing in compact area
Possession of firearm after a conviction for a crime of violence
Obstruction of an officer in execution of duty

Keven Restrepo, age 28, of 578 Laurel Hill Avenue, Cranston
Possession of a pistol without a license
Conspiracy to commit assault with a dangerous weapon
Assault with a dangerous weapon
Using a firearm while committing a crime of violence
Firing in compact area
Possession of a firearm after committing a crime of violence

Nathan Geter, age 28 of 167 Blackstone Street, Woonsocket
Possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance- Cocaine
Possession of firearms while possessing controlled substance with intent to deliver- Cocaine
Conspiracy to sell firearm
Possession of controlled substance in a School Zone
Resisting Arrest
Obstruction of an officer in execution of duty

Romulo Dejesus, age 49 of 90 Orchard Street, Cranston
Five counts of controlled substance conspiracy
Five counts of soliciting another to commit a crime
Delivery of a controlled substance – Fentanyl
Possession of controlled substance 1oz-1kilo- Fentanyl

Michael Desousa, age 43 of 107 George Street, Johnston
Delivery of a controlled substance – Fentanyl
Three counts of controlled substance conspiracy
Possession of Schedule II Controlled Substance – Fentanyl
Three counts of soliciting another to commit a crime

Raul Luciano, age 28 of 7 Belvedere Street, Johnston
Four counts of controlled substance conspiracy
Four counts of soliciting another to commit a crime

Francisco Torres, age 27 of 584 Plainfield Street, Providence
Controlled substance conspiracy
Soliciting another to commit a crime

Christ Perez, age 29 of 15 Grosvenor Avenue, Providence
Two counts of controlled substance conspiracy
Soliciting another to commit a crime
Delivery of a controlled substance – Oxycodone

Joshua Figueroa, age 25 of 658 Chalkstone Avenue, Providence
Controlled substance conspiracy
Soliciting another to commit a crime

Luis Miranda, age 31 of 220 Pocasset Avenue, Providence
Two counts of controlled substance conspiracy
Two counts of soliciting another to commit a crime
Possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance – Cocaine
Possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance – Fentanyl
Possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance – Oxycodone

Luis Munoz Mercado, age 24 of 242 Smithfield Road, North Providence
Three counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance – Fentanyl
Three counts of possession with intent to deliver 1oz-1kilo- Fentanyl
Delivery of a controlled substance – Fentanyl
Controlled substance conspiracy

Migueleyny Pujols, age 27 of 28 Radcliffe Avenue, Providence
Two counts of controlled substance conspiracy

Anthony Reid, age 32 of 381 Sayles street, Providence
Possession of a firearm after committing a crime of violence
License or permit required for carrying a pistol
Conspiracy

Moises Elivo Trinidad, age 24 of 32 Henrietta Street, Providence
Possession of a firearm after a conviction for a crime of violence
License or permit required for carrying a pistol
Assault with a dangerous weapon
Three counts of simple assault or battery
Resisting arrest
Obstructing officer in execution of duty
Possession with Intent to deliver a controlled substance-Fentanyl
Possession of a controlled substance 1oz-1kg- Fentanyl
Distribute of a controlled substance in a school zone
Carrying a dangerous weapon/substance while committing a crime of violence
Conspiracy

Brandor Mendoza, age 20 of 177 Cleveland Street, Providence
Two counts of conspiracy to commit assault with a dangerous weapon
Three counts of assault with a dangerous weapon
Two counts of discharge of firearm resulting in injury
Possession of a pistol without a license
Using a firearm while committing a crime of violence
Possession of a firearm after committing a crime of violence
Possession of a stolen motor vehicle

Maximiliano Recio, age 26 of 491 Plainfield Street, Providence
Conspiracy to commit assault with a dangerous weapon
Two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon
Two counts of discharge of a firearm resulting in injury
Possession of a pistol without a license
Possession of a stolen motor vehicle

Jayson Rosario, age 18 of 11 Trask Street. Providence
License or permit required for carrying a pistol
Assault with a dangerous weapon
Conspiracy
Using a firearm while committing a crime of violence

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