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Cranston Police Bust "High Ranking" Gang Member, Seize 18 Pounds of Pot

Police seized a total of 18 pounds of marijuana that was reportedly on its way to being delivered to a Jordan Avenue house after an investigation that began with a "reliable tip," said Cranston Police Major Robert W. Ryan.

Cranston Police have charged a "high ranking member" of the Young Bloods street gang with possession with intent to deliver after a marijuana bust on Tuesday.

Police seized a total of 18 pounds of marijuana that was reportedly on its way to being delivered to a Jordan Avenue house after an investigation that began with a "reliable tip," said Cranston Police Major Robert W. Ryan.

The Cranston Police Special Investigation unit, during the course of their investigation, learned that the delivery would be happening at around 9:30 a.m.

They set up a surveillance detail and sure enough, a large package was delivered to the house and left on the side door stairs.

Police kept watching and at around 2 p.m., an Asian male driving a 2011 Toyota stopped at the house and picked up the package, putting it in his trunk before driving away.

Police followed and stopped the car nearby.

Cranston Patrolman Brandon Barth approached the car and noticed that the operator, identified as Nirandone Sitthirath, 36, of 35 Wolfe St., Providence, appeared nervous and Barth could smell marijuana emanating from the vehicle.

A K-9 unit was dispatched to the scene and K-9 Bosco quickly alerted officers to the presence of marijuana in the trunk. 

Inside the box, police said, were two bales of marijuana, each weighing nine pounds.

Police said Sitthirath is "regarded as a high ranking member of the Young Bloods gang" and had about $700 cash with him. Police seized the money and his Toyota and both are being held pending forfeiture proceedings.

Sitthirath was ordered held without bail as a Superior Court probation violator.
PMarandola March 19, 2014 at 07:38 PM
Hope Bosco got extra cookies...best officer on the job!
nicole fine March 19, 2014 at 08:25 PM
What about the residents on Jordan Avenue? Are they facing any charges?
Cranston March 20, 2014 at 01:15 AM
Anyone who lives on Jordan ave should charged. I'm so glad I moved out in 2009. Spent too many years there. Jordan ave is as dumpy of a street as it gets. I heard they got hookers and crack in that area readily available. Move out now!!!!!
Concerned Cranston Resident March 20, 2014 at 12:09 PM
Great Job! I hope Bosco received extra treats, and lots of water bottles to play with!

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