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State Police Arrest Six Warwick Men in Internet Gambling Sweep

[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] RI State Police searched The Cozy Grill at 440 Warwick Ave. Tuesday in an internet gambling investigation that resulted in the arrest of 17 men, six from Warwick.
[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] RI State Police searched The Cozy Grill at 440 Warwick Ave. Tuesday in an internet gambling investigation that resulted in the arrest of 17 men, six from Warwick.
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Warwick, R.I. — State Police arrested 17 men on charges relating to the management of a criminal internet gambling organization, six from Warwick, and searched The Cozy Grill restaurant on Warwick Avenue Tuesday.

The arrests are the result of an 8 month investigation lead by members of the State Police Intelligence Unit and the Rhode Island Attorney General.

This morning several local police departments executed arrest warrants and search warrants, including the State Police, FBI, U.S. Marshals Service, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, Providence Police, Warwick Police, Cranston Police, Scituate Police, North Providence Police, Narragansett Police, East Providence Police, West Warwick Police, Johnson Police, Lincoln Police, Central Falls Police, East Greenwich Police, Woonsocket Police and Newport Police.

State Police Lt. Colonel Todd Catlow said State Police searched the Cozy Grill Restaurant at 440 Warwick Ave. this morning as part of the investigation, which also included a search of a Narragansett home. Catlow declined to explain how the search of the restaurant figured into the investigation, because it is continuing, he said.

The following is a list of subjects who were arrested today and the charges pending:

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Thomas J. Pilderian, 45, of 55 Pine Ridge Road, Cranston, charged with :1) Bookmaking, 2.) Organized Criminal Gambling, 3.) Conspiracy.

Mark B. Battista, age 39, of 400 Narragansett Parkway, Warwick, charged with: Bookmaking, Organized Criminal Gambling, Conspiracy, and Possession of Controlled Substance – 3 counts.

Mark V. Marinaro, age 43, of 11 Winward Circle, Warwick, charged with: Organized Criminal Gambling, Conspiracy.

Jason M. Pilderian, 39, of 25 Talbut Road, Scituate, charged with: Organized Criminal Gambling, and Conspiracy.

Joseph R. Brunelle, 38, of 12 Palm St., North Providence, charged with: Organized Criminal Gambling, 2.) Conspiracy

Eric D. Glaude, 40, of 35 Marigold Circle, North Providence, charged with: Organized Criminal Gambling, 2.) Conspiracy.

Dustin R. Sears, 40, of 40 Braeburn Circle, Cranston, charged with: Organized Criminal Gambling, Conspiracy

David J. Disano, 42 of 83 West Hill Drive, Cranston, charged with Organized Criminal Gambling, 2.) Conspiracy

Jonny E. Lubo, 44, of 111 Wunnegin Circle, Warwick, charged with: Organized Criminal Gambling, 2.) Conspiracy.

James J. Petrella, age 31, of 26 Beach Row, Narragansett, Bookmaking, 2.) Organized Criminal Gambling, 3.) Conspiracy.

Timothy J. Moretti, age 46, of 1710 Phenix Avenue, Cranston, charged with: Bookmaking, Organized Criminal Gambling, Conspiracy, Violation of Probation for prior convictions of Possession with Intent to Deliver Cocaine and Possession of 1 ounce to 1 kilogram of Cocaine.

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Sean W. Furney, age 24, of 48 Roosevelt Street, Warwick, charged with: Organized Criminal Gambling, 2.) Conspiracy.

Brian K. Cipolla, age 48, of 178 Council Rock Road, Cranston, charged with: Organized Criminal Gambling, 2.) Conspiracy.

Lewis Silveira, age 50, of 154 North Street, Warwick, charged with: Organized Criminal Gambling, 2.) Conspiracy

John Depietro, age 41, 39 Prospect Avenue, South Kingstown, charged with: Possession with intent to deliver 1 to 5 kilos of marijuana, Possession of 1 to 5 kilos of marijuana, Possession of Adderall with intent to deliver.

Christopher R. Costantino, age 24, of 10 Cedar Pond Drive, Warwick, charged with: Organized Criminal Gambling, 2.) Conspiracy.

Joseph A. Capelli, age 38, of 58 Firglade Drive, Cranston, Organized Criminal Gambling, 2.) Conspiracy

All 17 men were arraigned today at 2 p.m. in Third Division District Court, 222 Quaker Lane, Warwick, RI 02886.