Police: Cocaine Dealer Arrested

Cranston Police said they charged 45-year-old Jesus Melendez of Providence on Wednesday after he was observed delivering cocaine to an individual at the Riverbend Apartment complex on Dyer Avenue.

Cranston Police investigators said they have taken a cocaine dealer off the streets.

Cranston Police Major Robert W. Ryan said that 45-year-old Jesus Melendez, of 211 Academy Ave., Providence, is being held without bail at the Adult Correctional Institutions after he was arrested just before 9 p.m. Wednesday night.

The arrest happened at the intersection of Webster Avenue and Cranston Street moments after Melendez was monitored delivering cocaine to an individual at the Riverbend Apartment Complex on Dyer Avenue.

His arrest was the result of an investigation by the Cranston Police Special Investigations Unit, which developed information about Melendez's drug dealing and set up surveillance, Ryan said.

Melendez was found to be in possession of 28 grams of cocaine packaged in 46 individual bags for delivery. He also had $720 cash.

Police seized the cash, drugs, three cell phones, a GPS unit, laptop and the 2002 Dodge Durango Melendez was driving.

He was charged with possession with the intent to deliver cocaine, one ounce to one kilogram. He was arraigned Thursday morning.

Julia Turner March 25, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Now if Cranston Police would only set up surveillance in Riverbend more often or make their presence like they used to maybe all the crime there will minimize some. Drugs and murders... Damn shame!!


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