Rhode Island State Police arrest and charge 12 people after a 16 month investigation into an alleged large scale heroin trafficking organization.
Police say two of the suspects were the leaders of a large heroin distribution network operating in Providence. The accused are Henry Ortiz, 36, and Richard Pena, 39. Both men are from Providence and face a slew of charges, including four counts of Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Deliver Heroin.
Police say during the course of this investigation, members of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force identified other individuals as co-conspirators in the illegal heroin distribution operation. Five of the suspects are also Providence. Police identified those individuals as Yahira Liranzo, 31, Rafael Galvez, 40, Joseph Moody, 55, Sheila Moody, 49, and Arcadio Santiago, 63. Two suspects are from Cranston. They are Cara Stifano, 41, and Patrick Skahen, 34. Christopher Mancini, 41, of North Providence was also arrested and charged. Police also arrested and charged two people from Ashland, Massachusetts. Police identified those two suspects as Troy Vespa, 33, and Scott Conti, 34.
All of the suspects were arraigned in 6th Division District Court Wednesday afternoon.
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