WOONSOCKET â€“ Police took a bite out of illegal drug sales this past week, executing search warrants that resulted in the arrests of two city men on drug distribution charges.
Police seized two bags of marijuana, a quantity of Hashish, and 20 pills of oxycodone during the Special Response Team raid at 25 and 27 Founders St. early Thursday morning, according to Det. Thomas Beargeon.
The SRT team made an entry at the apartment at 7:10 a.m. and found several adults and three children inside.
The adults were secured for further investigation and the children were turned over to another adult coming to the apartment to get them, Beargeon said.
The warrant for the raid had been obtained after undercover officers made several purchases of crack cocaine from the apartment, Beargeon said.
The target of the raid, Jose Miguel Diaz, 33, told police he makes money to support his family by selling crack cocaine but did not have any cocaine in the house at the time. Police located $2,723 in cash in the apartment as well as three cell phones, a narcotics press, scissors and sandwich bags, police said. Diaz also told investigating officers he sold the oxycodone pills for $5 dollars after being able to purchase them for $3 per pill.
Diaz was charged with three counts of possession of narcotics with intent to deliver, maintaining a drug nuisance, and distribution of controlled substances near a school, police said.
In a raid conducted at 10 a.m. on Wednesday at a 226 South Main St. apartment, a stolen .22-caliber gun and a box of bullets were recovered from a safe in the dwelling.
Det. Jon Theroux said the search warrant was obtained after undercover officers made several purchases of crack cocaine from the apartment.
After observing Misael Alicea, 21, leaving the apartment with another man during a surveillance assignment at 10 a.m. Wednesday, detectives opted to detain the pair before they could leave the area, according to Theroux.
Police believed the pair might be armed and took the appropriate precautions in securing the subjects, according to Theroux.
Alicea told police he did not have any crack cocaine in the apartment but had made sales of the contraband during street trafficking. As members of the detectives division conducted the search of the dwelling, an assortment of drug paraphernalia was found inside, including baggies and digital scales. A quantity of marijuana roaches and four pills of oxycodone valued at $40 were also located.