Another one nabbed in Bristol heroin investigation


A Bristol teen is the latest to be arrested following a month-long narcotics investigation by the Bristol Police Department.

Rilyn Silva, 18, of 12 Carol Ave., was arrested Jan. 23 on a warrant charge of delivering heroin.

During the investigation, a confidential informant for the police department allegedly bought heroin from Mr. Silva. The purchase took place on or about Jan. 8.

While being interrogated, Mr. Silva allegedly told police that he picked up heroin for other people with their money and professed that he was not selling heroin for self-profit.

According to the report, he told police that he would buy about $70 of heroin daily for the past six months, keeping about $20-worth that he had bought for his friends with their money.

Mr. Silva posted a $5,000 surety bond Jan. 23, and is due back in court April 24 for a pre-trial arraignment disposition conference.

On Jan. 10, Bristol police arrested six other Bristol residents for their alleged involvement in the sale, distribution and use of heroin.


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