A Cranston man arrested by Cranston and Warwick Police June 25 on federal drug trafficking charges for selling crack cocaine to a Warwick detective has been ordered held on home confinement with GPS monitoring during an initial appearance this morning in U.S. District Court in Providence.
Dennis Bernard, 29, of Cranston, was arrested by Cranston and Warwick Police on Thursday after making a fourth purchase of crack cocaine from an undercover Warwick detective, United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha announced in a release sent to media this morning.
In June, Cranston Police Special Investigations Unit officers and the Warwick Police Special Operations Group investigated Bernard’s alleged drug trafficking activities in Cranston and Warwick, with the aid of the Rhode Island DEA Drug Task Force. During the investigation, a Warwick undercover detective allegedly made at least four purchases of crack cocaine.
On Thursday, a day after the fourth purchase, Warwick and Cranston officers executed a court authorized search warrant at Bernard’s Cranston home, where they located and seized nearly 45 grams of crack cocaine and nearly 21 grams of heroin stashed inside a backpack found hidden in bedroom closet, and $5,000 in cash found concealed inside a panel in a bathroom. Additionally, law enforcement seized $1,251 in cash and 2.4 grams of crack cocaine located in the kitchen, and various items used in the packaging and distribution of drugs.
Officers also seized a BMW, a Rolex watch and other assorted jewelry the investigation revealed were allegedly purchased by Bernard with proceeds allegedly derived from the sale of crack cocaine and heroin.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Pamela E. Chin and Paul F. Daly, Jr.
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