2013-10-24 / Front Page

11 arrested in connection to drug ring

By Tim Riel

Jamestown police arrested 11 people on felony charges early Wednesday morning all stemming from a drug ring that has been under investigation for five months.

The defendants range in age from 14 to 49 and were picked up by Jamestown officers in Jamestown, Newport, North Kingstown, West Greenwich and at the University of Rhode Island.

Jamestown residents arrested were James Chamberlain, 18, of Norman Road, for distribution of marijuana; Kenneth Hughes, 41, of Conanicus Avenue, for heroin possession; and Mary Bennett, 45, of Conanicus Avenue, for distribution of prescription drugs.

Also arrested were James Dean, 20, and Kelsey Pagliuca, 20, both of Ebony Court, North Kingstown, for marijuana distribution; Makeil Nunes, 19, of Butternut Drive, North Kingstown, for cocaine distribution; Michael King, 21, of Cardinal Drive, North Kingstown, for marijuana distribution; Ricky Thomas, 49, of Haley Street, Newport, for cocaine distribution; and Peter Yates, 33, of Raccoon Hill Road, West Greenwich, on marijuana distribution.

Two minors from Jamestown were also arrested Wednesday. Two boys, ages 14 and 16, were charged with distribution of marijuana. The 14-year-old was additionally charged will selling cocaine.

Chief Ed Mello says the department has been working with an undercover agent for five months. In addition to the arrests, officers executed seven search warrants for properties and vehicles in Jamestown. Three vehicles that were used during the drug transactions were seized by police.

All 11 defendants were locked up in the Jamestown Police Station when the Press went to print early Wednesday morning. They were awaiting transportation to 2nd Division District Court in Newport for arraignment. The two juveniles were scheduled to be taken to family court in Providence.

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