Two Kilos of Fentanyl Seized, Providence Man Detained
For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Rhode Island
PROVIDENCE – A Providence man has been ordered detained in federal custody after a DEA Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force investigation resulted in the seizure of more than two kilograms of fentanyl and approximately 400 grams of heroin.
Josimar Delacruz-Reyes, 31, was arrested Monday evening in Providence shortly after he allegedly delivered two kilograms of fentanyl and approximately 400 grams of heroin. The delivery was electronically monitored by members of the DEA Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force.
Delacruz-Reyes is charged by way of a federal criminal complaint with possession with intent to distribute 400 grams or more of fentanyl and possession with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin, announced United States Attorney Aaron L. Weisman and Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New England Field Division Brian D. Boyle.
According to information presented to the Court during Delacruz-Reyes’ initial appearance before U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Patricia A. Sullivan on Tuesday, it is alleged that during mid and late February, DEA Task Force officers electronically monitored Delacruz-Reyes multiple times as he allegedly made deliveries totaling more than 100 grams of fentanyl.
On Monday, DEA Task Force members electronically monitored Delacruz-Reyes as he allegedly delivered two kilograms of fentanyl and approximately 400 grams of heroin for an agreed upon price of $115,000. Delacruz-Reyes was arrested shortly after the alleged delivery, when he traveled to a nearby coffee shop where he was allegedly expecting to receive a cash payment for the drugs.
Shortly after the arrest of Delacruz-Reyes, a court-authorized search of his Providence residence resulted in the seizure of approximately a kilogram and a half of a white powdery substance which is undergoing testing at a Drug Enforcement Administration lab to determine its composition, approximately $2,000 in cash, and assorted items used in the preparation, packaging and distribution of fentanyl and heroin.
A federal 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.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul F. Daly, Jr.
The matter was investigated by the Boston-based DEA Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, with substantial assistance from law enforcement agents and officers assigned to the Rhode Island Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force and the Providence Police Department Narcotics and Organized Crime Bureau.
The Rhode Island DEA Drug Task Force is comprised of law enforcement personnel from the DEA, Rhode Island State Police, and East Providence, Central Falls, Coventry, Cranston, Newport, North Kingstown, Pawtucket, Providence, South Kingstown, Warwick, West Warwick and Woonsocket Police Departments.
Updated March 23, 2019
Press Release Number: 19-24