PAWTUCKET — Based on complaints about suspicious behavior, Pawtucket Police made two significant drug arrests on Tuesday that involved alleged dealing, one outside of a local elementary school on Newport Avenue.
At approximately 2:20 p.m. Pawtucket Police said they received a call that there was a man parked in the teacher’s lot at Potter-Burns Elementary School attempting to sell pills. The caller reported that the man was in a blue colored vehicle.
According to police, when officers arrived, they found the vehicle as described with a man seated inside it. As the officers began to speak with the man, a woman walked by and reportedly said to him, “How dare you try to sell me pills when I am with my child.”
At this point, the officers said that the man became extremely nervous. When asked why the woman would make such an accusation, the man replied that he had no idea. When asked if there were any drugs in the car, police said the man responded that there was prescription bottle in the glove box. The prescription was in a name other than that of the man the officers were questioning, and the pill bottle reportedly contained two white pills and 26 yellow pills.
While speaking with the man, two other people approached the officers and accused the man of trying to sell them prescription pills. Based upon the statements from witnesses and the fact that the prescription bottle was not in the man's name, he was placed under arrest. The suspect was identified as John Andrade, 55, of Evergreen Street, Pawtucket.
Police said Andrade was taken to District Court on Wednesday and charged with possession of Oxycodone with intent to deliver, possession of Hydrocodone with intent to deliver, and distribution of drugs near a school. He was ordered held without bail at the Adult Correctional Institution.
Also on Tuesday, police said that after receiving numerous complaints concerning illegal drug sales at a Mendon Avenue apartment, members of the Pawtucket Police Special Squad executed a court approved search warrant for 311 Mendon Ave.
Police said that during the search, approximately one ounce of heroin (in 10 individual plastic bags), approximately one ounce of cocaine (in eight individual plastic bags), packaging material indicative of street level sales of illegal drugs and a disabled 9mm firearm were seized. The firearm was missing the slide and barrel. The firearm was later determined to have been stolen from Woonsocket.
Taken into custody were: Jose Manuel Garcia, 49, Evar V. Vargas, 24, and Maria F. Santiago, who all lived at the Mendon Avenue apartment; and Ismael Gonzalez Colon, 23, of Public Street, Providence.
All four suspects were charged with possession of heroin with intent to deliver, possession of cocaine with intent to deliver, distribution of illegal drugs near a school, and maintaining a common nuisance. All four were brought before District Court on Wednesday and were ordered held without bail at the Adult Correctional Institution, police said.