Drug sweep nets six Bristol residents

Drug sweep nets six Bristol residents

Kenneth Anthony Coelho

Shawn Vargas
Shawn Vargas
Lauren Gaglio
Lauren Gaglio
Kenneth Anthony Coelho
Kenneth Anthony Coelho
Eric Pires
Eric Pires
Cody James Cabral
Cody James Cabral
Bethanie DaSilva
Bethanie DaSilva
Six Bristol residents are being held without bail in the Adult Correctional Institutes following a drug sweep last Friday, Jan. 17.

Arrested were Cody James Cabral, 21, of 15 Monroe Ave., on felony charges of delivering heroin, and two schedule I-V drug possessions; Kenneth Anthony Coelho, III, 24, of 322 Wood St., on felony charges of delivering heroin, and a schedule I-V drug possession; Eric A. Pires, 22, of 725 Metacom Ave., on a felony charge of delivering heroin; Shawn J. Vargas, 24, of 21 Magnolia St., on a delivery of a schedule I-V charge; Lauren E. Gaglio, 25, of 50 River St., on felony charges of conspiracy to deliver heroin, and two schedule I-V drug possessions; and Bethanie P. DaSilva, 21, of 22 Casey Drive, on a felony conspiracy to deliver heroin charge.

The arrests were part of an ongoing drug investigation into the distribution and sale of heroin in and around the Town of Bristol.

Providence connections

Police allegedly were able to purchase heroin from Mr. Cabral on Dec. 18-19, 2013, and again on Jan. 6, 2014. According to police, Ms. Gaglio helped Mr. Cabral sell the heroin on the December dates. She later told police that she would buy about two-to-three grams of heroin in Providence for Mr. Cabral “when Cody can’t get it from his connection, he uses my connection.”

When police searched Ms. Gaglio’s home, they found cocaine, suboxone, a glass smoke pipe, two burnt spoons and four syringes.

 For my friends

On Jan. 7, Mr. Coelho allegedly sold heroin to undercover Bristol detectives. When police searched his home, they found a digi-weigh scale, a glass smoke pipe, a needle and a spoon in a leather case, three syringes, and 37 clear plastic baggies with the corners cut off.

When he was questioned, Mr. Coelho told police that he traveled outside of Bristol to get the drugs for his friends.

No big deal

Police were allegedly able to buy heroin from Mr. Pires on Dec. 30, 2013. Once he was arrested, he told police that he typically sold 10-to-20 grams of heroin a day, for about $100 a gram. His girlfriend, Ms. DaSilva, allegedly helped Mr. Pires in that sale by driving the car he sold the heroin from.

When she was read her rights, Ms. DaSilva continued speaking, saying that she “didn’t know why she and Eric were being arrested,” and that the police were “making a big deal out of nothing.”

Almost heroin

In early January, police also allegedly bought heroin from Mr. Vargas. However, a toxicology report showed that it was fentynal, an opioid commonly used as a pain reliever. According to WebMD, it’s far more potent than morphine. When police searched his house, they found a black-colored digital scale, a multi-colored smoking pipe, plastic baggies with the corners cut off, and several syringes.


  1. This article was poorly written. I also like the part where it says the police bought drugs from Mr. Pires in the future – December 2014. Now, I do believe people should obey the law but these people aren’t drug king pins… If people want to put poison into their bodies and they aren’t hurting anybody else or stealing then I really don’t see why these situations are blown so out of proportion.

    • I’m completely with you Sarah… on both counts.

      I can’t believe with all the hoopla about newspapers going out of style that a paper like this can’t try to KEEP subscribers/readers and actually find journalists (and I use the word loosely in this case) that know grammar and worse… spelling. “Cocain” (sic.)? Really? I’m LOL shaking my head in disbelief.

  2. are you people serious???? victimless crimes how many people in the last year died of overdoses. people get robbed killed for this drug and its victimless huh i dont live they any more i grew up with all these people and its gross and scary that people have to live around that and taxpayers money those people need to be in jail crime will go way down and people cant claim welfare with tons of drug convictions. and sarah watterson what is a real crime???? huh? because i used to be a punk and when i lived there i would have people say racist slurs to me and i would punch some face i lived there my whole life too but people would tell me i was a bad person people like you saying not to defend yourself, but selling class 1 drugs that kill more people in this country than all the guns and knives combined is not hurting people and these situations are out of proportion hahahahahaha you people are all pathetic little lackeys…whats youre standpoint on second amendment i already know this isnt a crime but owning guns is??????do you people see where our values are?? we are americans this stuff will turn our country into nothing quick your minds are so blocked full of liberal BS wake up

      • Lots of drugs are killing people. Prescription drugs kill people. That doesn’t mean we make drugs illegal and viciously attack the dealers. I think we should also ban cigarettes and alcohol because they too kill people and serve no health benefit. Do you agree? If not then why is cocaine, heroin, ecstasy, and marajuana treated any differently?

    • James,

      I am not disputing that heroin is a deadly drug nor am I condoning heroin use. But people who choose to do heroin are harming themselves and only themselves – hence, a victimless crime. Drug addiction is a health issue, not a criminal issue. You can attack the supply (dealers) all you want but new ones will inevitable pop up. There are tons of other legal substances that are also deadly -fast food, cigarettes, alcohol. Should we prosecute alcohol producers for alcohol fatalities? Should we charge cigarette companies for every cancer death? No, because we as individuals need to be responsible for our own actions. For some reason we drew an arbitrary line in the sand and said that certain substances are so DANGEROUS we can’t allow them at all. I’d much prefer if we took even a fraction of the money the DEA spends annually on its “war on drugs” and put that towards rehab centers, public service announcements, and warning labels that explicitly list the risks of narcotics. It’s also funny you assume I’m a liberal while simultaneously voicing support of the nanny state.

      • Name one person who has eaten their first McDonald’s Big Mac and have died?

        Name one person whose children are left out to dry because they had a cigarette?

        It should tell you something when you have to grasp at straws like that.

  3. Wake up people its heroin! Until you have seen first hand how bad this is then you have no room to talk. Usually these are young kids who get on this to look cool, then it’s too late and they cant get off of it. The people on the drugs are victims to the idiots who wont go get a real job.

    • “Usually these are young kids who get on this to look cool, then it’s too late and they cant get off of it” – excellent example of why it should be legalized and regulated. Would you believe me if I told you it’s easier for kids to buy cocaine than it is to buy alcohol? Notice today we don’t have bootleggers selling alcohol out of their homes. And most liquor stores will not risk their alcohol license to make a sale off someone who is underage. Drug addiction is a mental health issue. You can attack supply (the dealers) all you want but more will pop up because that’s how supply and demand works.

      “The people on the drugs are victims to the idiots who wont go get a real job.”
      The people on the drugs are victims to THEMSELVES because they are CHOOSING to use heroin. So let’s take all that money wasted on busting these dealers and put it towards helping the VICTIMS who can’t control their own addictions. If you think they will stop using heroin now that this particular bust took place then you need to examine reality. I am tired of people who think:
      A- The government has any right to tell people what they can or can’t put in their body and
      B – Believe that prohibition is an effective way of controlling human behavior

      We tried this back in the 1920s with alcohol and saw how much of a failure it was. For some reason, despite that, people still seem to think the war on drugs is an effective way to solve America’s drug addiction problem.

      • Very good. Lets legalize the source of the addiction. The threat of being arrested and thrown in jail is a deterrent at worst. If its legal to do drugs, more people will do it. More lives will be ruined. BECAUSE THERE WILL BE NO PUNITIVE CONSEQUENCES.

        • The threat of being thrown in jail is not a “deterrent at worst.” If drugs hasn’t ruined someone’s life then being thrown in jail and having a permanent criminal record that limits most job opportunities most certainly will. As for “If its legal to do drugs, more people will do it. More lives will be ruined” is completely false and has been proven false in countries that decriminalized strong drugs. Of course prohibitionists don’t like facts, they prefer raw emotion and SHOUTING IN CAPS to make a point.

    • Try telling that to the people who can’t get a job because they were busted for small possession of marajuana. The war on drugs breeds violence and creates a dangerous black market otherwise known as street sales

  4. haha are you from another planet? weed possession which is a civil citation will not bar you from a job. listen just because you smoke pot dont defend every drug. we are talking about horrific toxic drugs HELLO!!!. the war on drugs does not breed violence if drugs created nice happy people theyre would be no war on it but the truth is these drugs bury children, parents, friends where the hell have you been. innocent people killed or shot or stabbed because they went to an atm at the wrong time it isnt even place anymore, nice neighborhoods that it happens in now. most addiction is mental, not heroin sounds like you may need help there sociopath the F’ing people that are robbed beat and hurt are the victims. are you that problematic in your head seriously? basically you are saying the people arrested are the victims huh? listen your left wing liberalism is soooooooo gross i had to stop eating these people used to be friends, i hope for the best for them but they are not the victims. they and people like you Mike Mayores make it horrible. they are just cuaght up in this hopefully they will make it out but you mr Mayores are a truly despicable person. if one day you can find youre heart look into and realize the HUMAN experience is more than statistics and pyscho-babble please realize you are compounding an already stacked and complex situation

    • The war on drugs breeds violence as the drug market moves underground and is controlled by gangs and cartels – which are, by definition, violent.

      Weed possession is not a civil citation in all states. Some states also have a 3 strikes rule – being caught 3 times with victimless possession of a substance could get you a criminal record, limiting job opportunities.

      The fact drug users resort to extremes to get their fix (robbery, assault) remains a problem today. It also remains a problem for legal substances like alcohol. I’d rather we focus on rehab and helping these people rather than throwing them in prison or going after their dealers. You can bust dealers all you want but new ones will inevitably pop up and if not, users will find another dealer in another neighborhood. Thus the “war” is endless and futile.

      This isn’t a liberal agenda. A liberal agenda is stating Americans are too stupid or too irresponsible to decide what to put in their bodies and we need full time law enforcement to ensure people aren’t injecting themselves with dangerous substances. I’d much prefer family and friends deal with addiction while law enforcement deals with actual crime – human trafficking, assault, rape – you know, crimes with actual victims.

      And no I don’t smoke and I don’t condone drug use, but it is not my right or anyone else’s right to tell others what they can put in their body. Please stop making assumptions about my personal life or political beliefs

  5. south americans before columbus used to chew cocaine plants for tooth pain and recreationally they where not addicted nor was theyre society riddled with relentless drug addicts it is not JUST a psych issue………… so mr mayores do you smoke??? if so why haent you been able to quit and if you have you know first few days there is no hunger sounds physical to me if your mind can manifest some physical action or response from you its physical so therefore any mental condition that can unwillingly cause physical response or even potential harm will be deemed physical thank you…………and why dont they section twelve drug addicts if it is such a pysch issue huh Dr. Physchology ????

    • Drug abuse is a mental health issue. People turn to drugs because they’re hurting inside, whether they know it or not, and they don’t know how to deal with that hurt. So they turn to drugs and/or alcohol to cope and to numb themselves so they don’t have to feel all those feelings that causes them so much confusion. Because it’s just easier to numb yourself than it is to actually deal with it in a healthy manner. Why are people so resistant to accepting facts? Instead, you fling insults as if that’s supposed to help prove your point. It’s almost like some of you have no ability to be open-minded and listen to other points of view. Also, legalizing drugs is not going to create new drug addicts. I wouldn’t do it if it was legal, so what makes people think that a normal person would suddenly turn to drugs because they’re legal? Portugal legalized drugs and regulate it and put more of a focus on rehabilitation and counseling than on punishment and surprisingly, they saw a huge increase in the amount of people entering rehabs. We’re clearly not winning the war on drugs. If the way it is now isn’t working, what do we have to lose by trying something else to try to combat the problem? Be open-minded, do some research, and stop being so hostile, it doesn’t help your case, just makes you look like a close-minded jackass with no ability to accept any new information that goes against what you believe in.

  6. it is not a victimless crime these people doing heroin turn to criminal behavior to get money to purchase the ****. so before you keep making yourself look like an idiot shut up and learn the facts

    • Criminal behavior is also tied to alcohol abuse. And prescription drug abuse. However unlike injecting yourself with poison, robbing somebody is a crime with a victim. Drug use alone has no victim – the user is both the perpetrator and the victim. Also, please learn some facts yourself. Decriminalization has lead to lower crime rates and lower addiction rates.

      • yeah with what weed??? there is no conclusive evidence two- four years of studies is not a proper way to say it works that is the blink of an eye and when has any government legalized heroin you are flat out stupid my friend please do not speak in public EVER!!! yes some of the things you said is fact but fact is not always applicable to life. so what fact do i need to learn i think you should come visit reality for a while. except the swiss but heroin addiction was never prevalent there before. that only works if it is implemented before population addiction also most drugs was never an issue before they decriminalized it next time show the links to the studies you reference of course not because your a fraud. show the facts and studies ive put a lot of time into this before this happened so i wonder what it is that you are referencing if you could would be appreciated LOL!!

  7. I know some of these young people and it is very sad. Heroin ruins lives. It ruins the lives of the people near the addicts. Its like cancer. When one is addicted the entire family suffers. Most certainly sooner than later, will come the thefts, break ins, stealing from family members, selling anything you get your hands on, just for a fix to get “normal” . They can never be trusted. You see, it becomes not about getting high, it becomes staying well. Heroin is the most destructive drug next to alcohol and cocaine. Anyone who thinks it isn’t, is lying to themselves. I hope they can get sober and become the good people I once knew. I think the police need to stay on top of this because they are getting it from somewhere.

  8. This is beyond sad…. I went to school with all of these kids and have had a few in my home years ago before they got into the heroine I can tell you only one of these arrest surprises me. Im glad bristol is FINALLY cleaning up our streets unfortunately theres so much more going on and the kids who have gotten addicted to these drugs will find them some where else. I pray for my children and hope they never get addicted to drugs like molly heroine coke and pills.

  9. Some of these people were selling to 15 year old kids! Do you remember what you were doing at age 15? I know what I was doing and it wasn’t becoming a drug addict. This is not a victimless crime. These are the monsters that prey on our children just to get their next fix.

  10. I remember half of these people as small children. At least one of them was exposed to this all throughout their childhood at the hands of a parent. It is very sad, and quite a shame, that their children will have the same exposure. Hopefully the cycle gets broken before it is too late.

  11. For those people here saying “Victimless Crime” have obviously never met a junkie. Heroin ruins lives. You wouldn’t be saying “Victimless” if someone you loved had their life ruined by heroin. Typical RI liberals, spouting off at the mouth without actually putting any thought into anything they’re saying. Disgusting.

    • Many things ruin lives. Prescription drug abuse can ruin lives. Alcohol can destroy a family. But these things are legal. Drug abuse is a health problem, not a criminal matter. I’d much prefer if we took even a fraction of the DEA’s budget and put that towards mental health and rehabilitation centers. Prohibition does not work as evidenced by this very article. We tried it in the 20s with alcohol and said wow – that was a big mistake. Sadly, people like yourself continue to live in this fantasy land that it will work for drugs. You know what you call doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results? Insanity.

  12. I will never understand why you say it’s a victimless crime. Yes, the individuals are doing this to themselves but what about their kids, family and friends. Their victims too. I lost someone who even with multiple treatments to get clean, was still unsuccessful. Not only did we lose her but her unborn child. She may have been a victim but so was that child and the child had no choice. My family, our friends, torn. We were made victims by no choice of ours. To have to go through that and watch helplessly while they keep going back to it. Yes if it was legal maybe people would do it in moderation and control or it would take a turn for the worst and everyone will eventually lose a loved one to its poison. I believe some of the money used to catch these dealers should be used to help people get clean, but if we get more of them off the street were taking away the source. Maybe more people will quit because they can’t get it, or they can’t afford it from the bigger dealers we need to still take out. Maybe if we use some of the money those who can no longer get their hands on it could get the help to get clean. Plain and simple though. It’s never victimless when some of these people have kids they need to be there for to raise and families who love them dearly.

  13. What is wrong with some if you? Seriously, I’d like you to list fir me now, reasons why sone if y’all believe this to be a victimless crime? Eh, EH?!?! What if it was your child, or bro ir sis, mom or dad, unc ir aunty who suffers from addiction, or overdoses. How victimless would you feel this us then? C’mon ppl, seriously wisen up!!!

  14. Some drugs are simply so addictive that it is impossible not to become addicted to them once you’ve tried them, so it isn’t realistic to call drug-dealing a victimless crime. And once you are addicted to them, they ruin your life. In my opinion, drug users should receive medical treatment, but drug dealers should be prosecuted. I don’t include marijuana in this, however, as it is no worse than alcohol.