Drug sweep nets six Bristol residents
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.
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."
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.