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Police Seize Nearly 2lbs of Heroin, Cash, BMW, TVs in Bust

Two men are facing drug charges after they were caught with nearly two pounds of heroin. It all started with a routine traffic stop.

Cranston Police arrested two men and seized nearly two pounds of heroin after a routine traffic stop off Farmington Avenue last week.

The street value of the heroin was about $110,000.

According to police, Luis Marte, 34, of 151 Farmington Ave.; and Luis Fernandez, 26, of 70 Perkins Ave., were pulled over after police saw them driving a 2006 black BMW on Princess Avenue "committing traffic violations while displaying a suspended license."

The officers on patrol were Daniel Dempsey and Austin Smith. Smith, a rookie just three weeks out of the academy, was being shown the ropes by Dempsey when they saw the BMW.

The suspects reportedly tried to flee police when Dempsy tried to stop them and they followed the BMW into the parking lot of Farmington Terrace Apartments, where Marte lives.

"The officers converged on the vehicle and would quickly discover that the reason the operator tried to flee, was because he and his passenger were in possession of a very large quantity of narcotics and cash," said Cranston Police Chief Col. Marco Palombo Jr.

In the parking lot, the suspects at first pretended to ignore the presence of police but "after they were given verbal commands to show their hands, the operator tried ot reach back into the vehicle, which heightened the officers' suspicions," Palombo said.

The passenger got out. He was holding a large brown bag against his stomach. He was ordered to drop it. Once the two suspects were in custody, police looked in the bag and found several large plastic sandwich bags filled with heroin.

Along with the drugs, police found $3,200 cash. The heroin was separated into four large bags, each containing about 100 to 200 grams of heroin with a combined weight of 696.4 grams — about a pound-and-a-half.

The large amount of drugs prompted the involvement of the Cranston Police Special Investigations Unit. They obtained a court warrant to search Marte and Fernandez's apartments. 

At Ferndandez's apartment, police seized a 12 gauge shotgun. At Marte's apartment, they found another 116 grams of heroin, bringing the total amount of drugs seized to 812 grams — just under two pounds. 

Police also seized scales, 55,000 individual baggies, the BMW, two Samsung smart TVs and a Mac computer, "all of which are subject to forfeiture as suspected proceeds of illegal drug trafficking activities."

Both men were charged with the manufacturing or possession with the intent to deliver heroin, 1 OZ to 1 KG and Fernandez, who was driving the suspect vehicle, was charged with an additional count of attempting to elude a police officer. Both men were arraigned and ordered held without bail at the Adult Correctional facility where they are awaiting trial. 

Foxeyroxie15 January 12, 2013 at 06:09 PM
Hi, Suzanne - Well said on all counts. I thought the only problem we had was River Glen. No wonder they built the new police station on the city line - keeps the vermin in check and easier for the police to patrol these places that are sitting near the Prov. line. Too bad we can't put a fence up!! What next - road bumps on our streets like they do in Elmwood to slow these dealers down when the cops are after them? They are destroying our beautiful little city - using up our resources (police), ruining our neighborhoods, giving us a reputation that we don't deserve and have never put up with. Hope they get locked up for a very long time!!!
al pacino January 12, 2013 at 06:47 PM
We all going to die anyway might as well do w.e makes us happy even if is to sell drugz for a living walgreens do it and lots of the drugs contain herion so stop with da judgement people lets all get together and start a cartel lol
Vinnie B. January 12, 2013 at 09:15 PM
@Foxeyroxie : River Glen? Really? Seriously? You mean River BEND. SMH
live, love, laugh January 14, 2013 at 12:01 PM
People need to stop judging and calling names. These are two good American citizens, who unfortunately made some bad decisions. They both come from good respectable, hard working families. Every city in Rhode Island has its issues, what we have to do is be thankful that work is being done. They are human like you and I and deserve the same amount of respect. Grow up people!
annie March 29, 2013 at 05:20 PM
i agree these are two good young man that made bad choices they were raised by hard working families, I hope everything is resolved and life gives them a second chance.I know they will take advantage of a second opportunity to try and put all this in the past...we cannot judge a person for one bad decision everyone makes mistakes, we also learn from them no one is perfect in this world..

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