21 arrested in major sweep tied to Providence nightclub shootings


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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Authorities say they have made multiple arrests as part of a sweeping investigation into narcotics and weapons trafficking in and around Providence.

Rhode Island State Police say city, state and federal law enforcement agencies were involved in “Operation Heat.”

Officials said Friday they arrested 21 people allegedly connected to a group of violent criminal associates, and said more arrests were expected. They identified the ringleader as 32-year-old Janssye Toucet, of North Providence, and say he was behind shootings at two Providence nightclubs in May and June that targeted rivals.

The first shooting occurred on May 20, 2019 at Club Seven, 114 Spruce Street, Providence, when two people were shot and suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
The second shooting occurred on June 16, 2019 in the area of El Patio Night club on Public Street in Providence resulting in non-life-threatening injuries to one person. Multiple gunshots were fired on each of these occasions.
During this investigation, forty-five court authorized search warrants were executed on vehicles, residences and electronic devices which resulted in the seizure of four firearms, thirteen vehicles, $48,315 in U.S. currency and illegal controlled substances to include cocaine, heroin, and fentanyl. A total number of eighteen thousand seven hundred and ninety four (18,794) calls and SMS messages were intercepted during the course of this investigation.
It was unclear whether Toucet had a lawyer authorized to speak on his behalf.
State Police Col. James Manni said police executed 45 search warrants, seizing four firearms, 13 vehicles, more than $48,000 in cash and cocaine, heroin and fentanyl.
This investigation is active and ongoing, and more arrests are expected.
As a result of their investigation into both shootings and additional criminal acts by Janssye Toucet and his associates, members of the HIDTA Task Force have arrested the following individuals on the following charges:
Janssye Toucet, age 32, of 1775 Bicentennial Way, North Providence
Two counts of conspiracy to commit assault with a dangerous weapon
Two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon
Two counts of discharge of firearm resulting in Injury
Two counts of possession of a pistol without a license
Two counts of using a Firearm While committing a Crime of Violence
Possession of a stolen motor vehicle
Three counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver-Fentanyl
Three Counts of possession of a controlled substance 1 ounce to 1 kilo-Fentanyl
Controlled substance conspiracy
Jonathan Garrido, age 26, of 584 Plainfield Street, Providence
Conspiracy to sell firearm
Possession of a firearm after a conviction for a crime of violence
Tatiana Flores, age 25 of 38 Marion Avenue, Providence
Two counts of conspiracy to commit assault with a dangerous weapon
Two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon
Two counts of discharge of firearm resulting in injury
Using a firearm while committing a crime of violence
Two counts of possession of a pistol without a license
Anthony Florian, age 26 of 139 Pierce Avenue, Warwick
Possession of a pistol without a license
Conspiracy to commit assault with a dangerous weapon
Assault with a dangerous weapon
Using a firearm while committing a crime of violence
Firing in compact area
Eluding police
Possession of a firearm after committing a crime of violence
Arnold Angeles, age 25 of 13 Ida Street, Providence
Possession of a pistol without a license
Conspiracy to commit assault with a dangerous weapon
Using a firearm while committing a crime of violence
Firing in compact area
Possession of firearm after a conviction for a crime of violence
 Obstruction of an officer in execution of duty
Keven Restrepo, age 28, of 578 Laurel Hill Avenue, Cranston
Possession of a pistol without a license
Conspiracy to commit assault with a dangerous weapon
Assault with a dangerous weapon
Using a firearm while committing a crime of violence
Firing in compact area
Possession of a firearm after committing a crime of violence
Nathan Geter, age 28 of 167 Blackstone Street, Woonsocket
Possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance- Cocaine
Possession of firearms while possessing controlled substance with intent to deliver- Cocaine
Conspiracy to sell firearm
Possession of controlled substance in a School Zone
Resisting Arrest
Obstruction of an officer in execution of duty
Romulo Dejesus, age 49 of 90 Orchard Street, Cranston
Five counts of controlled substance conspiracy
 Five counts of soliciting another to commit a crime
 Delivery of a controlled substance – Fentanyl
 Possession of controlled substance 1oz-1kilo- Fentanyl
Michael Desousa, age 43 of 107 George Street, Johnston
Delivery of a controlled substance – Fentanyl
Three counts of controlled substance conspiracy
Possession of Schedule II Controlled Substance – Fentanyl
Three counts of soliciting another to commit a crime
Raul Luciano, age 28 of 7 Belvedere Street, Johnston
Four counts of controlled substance conspiracy
Four counts of soliciting another to commit a crime
Francisco Torres, age 27 of 584 Plainfield Street, Providence
Controlled substance conspiracy
Soliciting another to commit a crime
Christ Perez, age 29 of 15 Grosvenor Avenue, Providence
Two counts of controlled substance conspiracy
Soliciting another to commit a crime
Delivery of a controlled substance – Oxycodone
Joshua Figueroa, age 25 of 658 Chalkstone Avenue, Providence
Controlled substance conspiracy
Soliciting another to commit a crime
Luis Miranda, age 31 of 220 Pocasset Avenue, Providence
Two counts of controlled substance conspiracy
Two counts of soliciting another to commit a crime
Possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance – Cocaine
Possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance – Fentanyl
Possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance – Oxycodone
Luis Munoz Mercado, age 24 of 242 Smithfield Road, North Providence
Three counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance – Fentanyl
Three counts of possession with intent to deliver 1oz-1kilo- Fentanyl
Delivery of a controlled substance – Fentanyl
Controlled substance conspiracy
Migueleyny Pujols, age 27 of 28 Radcliffe Avenue, Providence
Two counts of controlled substance conspiracy
Anthony Reid, age 32 of 381 Sayles street, Providence
 Possession of a firearm after committing a crime of violence
 License or permit required for carrying a pistol
 Conspiracy
Moises Elivo Trinidad, age 24 of 32 Henrietta Street, Providence
Possession of a firearm after a conviction for a crime of violence
License or permit required for carrying a pistol
Assault with a dangerous weapon
Three counts of simple assault or battery
Resisting arrest
Obstructing officer in execution of duty
Possession with Intent to deliver a controlled substance-Fentanyl
Possession of a controlled substance 1oz-1kg- Fentanyl
Distribute of a controlled substance in a school zone
Carrying a dangerous weapon/substance while committing a crime of violence
Conspiracy
Brandor Mendoza, age 20 of 177 Cleveland Street, Providence
Two counts of conspiracy to commit assault with a dangerous weapon
Three counts of assault with a dangerous weapon
Two counts of discharge of firearm resulting in injury
Possession of a pistol without a license
Using a firearm while committing a crime of violence
Possession of a firearm after committing a crime of violence
Possession of a stolen motor vehicle
Maximiliano Recio, age 26 of 491 Plainfield Street, Providence
Conspiracy to commit assault with a dangerous weapon
Two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon
Two counts of discharge of a firearm resulting in injury
Possession of a pistol without a license
Possession of a stolen motor vehicle
Jayson Rosario, age 18 of 11 Trask Street. Providence
License or permit required for carrying a pistol
Assault with a dangerous weapon
Conspiracy
Using a firearm while committing a crime of violence

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