EAST PROVIDENCE — East Providence Police Vice Squad Sergeant Diogo Mello reported a pair of noteworthy narcotics arrests made in recent weeks.
On Friday, July 27, at approximately 6 p.m., Branduardy Nolasco, 30, of 126 Saratoga Ave., Providence, was arrested on two drug possessions charges.
Mr. Nolasco was suspected of dealing cocaine in East Providence and Seekonk. After about a month of investigation led by the EPPD’s Darren Ellinwood as well as from information derived from informants, the Vice Squad put out a Be On the Lookout or “BOLO” call for the model of his car.
Patrolman Ryan Vose spotted the vehicle on Warren Avenue on July 27, pulling it over for a violation. After searching the car with consent, two metal tins containing 54 grams of cocaine with a street value of $2,700, was found and confiscated. Police also seized the vehicle and took possession of some $1,800 in cash.
Mr. Nolasco had a pair of “Altoid” containers attached to his car by magnets. Inside each was a total of 17 so-called “Eight Balls,” individually wrapped 1/8-ounce parcels of cocaine.
A bail violator, Mr. Nolasco was transported to the Adult Correctional Institute where he awaited a hearing.
On July 19, at approximately 2:30 p.m., Clavel Medina, 47, of 524 Warren Ave., 2nd Floor, was arrested at the same address on narcotics possession charges.
After about a month of surveillance, the Vice Squad received and executed a warrant at Ms. Medina’s residence with the assistance of an EPPD patrol unit.
Once inside apartment, police found 74 grams total of cocaine, with a street value of some $3,500, in nylon and plastic bags. Ms. Medina was arrested and later transported to the ACI where she awaited a bail hearing.
In addition, police found and confiscated $750 in cash as well as several hundred rounds of ammunition, including 207 round for an AR15 assault rifle similar to the one used in the recent Colorado theater killings, believed to belong to one of Ms. Medina’s sons. No weapons were found in the residence.
“Unfortunately we’re seeing more and more this,” Sgt. Mello said of cocaine possession in the city. “We’re just treading water. We’re just trying to keep up.”
EPPD Chief Joseph Tavares recently added a third member to the Vice Unit on a temporary basis. Detective Mike Field has joined in assisting Sgt. Mello and Investigator Ellinwood.