On September 4, 2015 at 1:00 PM, members of the HIDTA Task Force executed a court-authorized search warrant at 185 Pavilion Street in Providence and seized 22.5 kilograms of cocaine and one kilogram of heroin and $1,619.000 from Raul Ramirez.

Ramirez was charged with:

• Manufacture/Possession with Intent to Deliver- Heroin;
• Manufacture/Possession/with Intent to Deliver- Cocaine;
• Manufacture/Possession/Delivery of Heroin Greater than 1 Kilogram;
• Manufacture/Possession/Delivery of Cocaine Greater than 1 Kilogram;
• Possession of a Firearm while Committing a Controlled Substance Violation; and
• Distribution of a Controlled Substance Near a School Zone.

Mr. Ramirez was held without bail and transported to the Adult Correctional Institution-Intake Service Center, pending arraignment at Sixth District Court, Providence on Tuesday, September 6, 2016.

Every person violating the provisions of Manufacture/Possession with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance, classified in schedule I or II, upon conviction may be imprisoned for not more than thirty (30) years, or fined not more than one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000) nor less than three thousand dollars ($3,000), or both.

Every person convicted of violating provisions of Possession of a firearm while committing a controlled substance violation, upon conviction, shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than two (2) years nor more than twenty (20) years, and the sentence shall be consecutive to any sentence the person may receive for the delivery, possession with intent to deliver, or the manufacture of the controlled substance. It shall not be a defense to a violation of this subsection that a person has a license or permit to carry or possess a firearm.

The HIDTA Task Force is managed by the Rhode Island State Police and comprised of members from Providence Police, Pawtucket Police, Johnston Police, Central Falls Police, West Warwick Police, East Greenwich Police, Lincoln Police, United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and the United States Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

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