East Providence Police Log: Cops catch alleged coke dealer

East Providence Police Log: Cops catch alleged coke dealer


EAST PROVIDENCE — East Providence Police tracked down a suspected drug dealer, caught a shoplifter and arrested a man wielding a weapon for disorderly conduct among other actions over the last week.

EPPD officers arrested a Cranston man in an alleged cocaine deal go wrong Wednesday, July 24. Luis Pena, 31 and of 133 Farmington Ave., Apt. 6, was charged with possession of illegal drugs, resisting arrest and reckless driving following the incident that took place in the area of Warren Avenue.

Mr. Pena was spotted by police officers in what was said to be a direct exchange of the drugs with two other men in the parking lot of the Extended Stay America hotel at 1000 Warren Ave. at approximately 11:19 a.m. Once noticed, Mr. Pena attempted to flee the scene in his car, but the exit was blocked by police vehicles. He then led officers on a foot chase, eventually being caught on nearby Humphrey Street. In between, Mr. Pena was noticed to have thrown a plastic bag to the ground, which was later recovered by officers.

Mr. Pena was taken into custody and charged with Possession of Schedule I, II, III, IV and V substances, Reckless Driving-drag racing eluding police and Resisting Arrest. The plastic bag recovered by police was found to have contained cocaine. A further search of Mr. Pena’s vehicle recovered larger amounts of both cocaine and crack cocaine.

On Saturday, July 27, East Providence Police responded to a shoplifting call at the Stop & Shop Supermarket on Pawtucket Avenue, eventually taking Loretta May Walsh into custody.

Ms. Walsh, 53 and 14 Belmont Ave. in city, was charged with a shoplifting misdemeanor after she was caught attempting to take some 21 items valued at $156.66 from the store. The incident took place at about 4:30 p.m. Ms. Walsh was processed and released with a summons to appear in District Court to face the charge.

Later that same day, EPPD officers arrested Justin Michael Rose, 23 of Pawtucket, with disorderly conduct and trespassing after police responded to a couple of calls from 17 Gurney St.

The first disturbance call came at approximately 8:45 p.m. The second call came at 11 p.m. and eventually led to the arrest of Mr. Rose, who was brandishing a BB gun that had been altered to look like a real firearm, for his involvement in the altercation.