Two Detained in FBI Safe Streets Task Force, Cranston Police Department Drug Probe
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Randolph Reynoso, 25, of Warwick, and Richard Lora, 20, of Providence, were ordered detained today following court appearances on conspiracy and drug trafficking charges. The two men were arrested on Tuesday following an investigation by the FBI Safe Streets Task Force and the Cranston Police Department Special Investigations Unit.
Reynoso was ordered detained in federal custody following an initial appearance in U.S. District Court on a criminal complaint charging him with one count of conspiracy to distribute heroin and crack cocaine, one count of distribution of crack cocaine and five counts of distribution of crack cocaine and heroin. At the time of his arrest, Reynoso was on federal pre-trial release on charges of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and heroin.
Lora was ordered detained in state custody following his arraignment in Providence District Court on six counts of delivery of crack cocaine, 5 counts of delivery of heroin, one count of conspiracy and one count of operating on a suspended license. The state charges were brought by the Cranston Police Department.
Reynoso and Lora’s arrests are announced by United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha, Harold H. Shaw, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Boston Division, and Cranston Police Chief Michael J. Winquist.
According to court documents, an investigation by the FBI Safe Streets Task Force and the Cranston Police Department Special Investigations Unit into Reynoso and Lora’s alleged drug trafficking activities included at least six alleged purchases of varying amounts of crack cocaine and/or heroin. The alleged transactions, which occurred between June 24, 2016, and July 26, 2016, were electronically monitored by law enforcement.
A criminal complaint is merely an allegation and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
Reynoso’s case in U.S. District Court is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys William J. Ferland and Richard W. Rose.
The FBI’s Safe Streets Violent Gang Task Force consists of agents and law enforcement officers from the FBI, RI State Police, Providence, Cranston, Woonsocket, and Central Falls Police Departments and the R.I. Department of Corrections.
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