The investigation was initiated by complaints and community tips from the Buttonwoods Neighborhood concerning suspicious activity at a residence. The information was forwarded from the Patrol Division to the Detective Division, whose Special Operations Group followed up. After a lengthy investigation of several months by Warwick narcotics officers, they were able to obtain the arrest warrants, Warwick Police reported on their Facebook page.
At about the same time, police executed a search warrant at Menezes’ home address of 162 Asylum Rd, Warwick. Numerous items were seized during this search related to narcotics trafficking including a loaded Ruger 9mm handgun, 2 boxes of 9mm ammunition, 3 digital scales, a vacuum sealer with plastic bags, and $100,000 US currency. Various narcotics were also seized which included suspected Fentanyl (45.9 grams), 53 Oxycodone pills, 2 Fentanyl patches and marijuana (31.9 grams). All items of evidence were seized from Menezes’ bedroom.
As a result of the investigation Menezes was arraigned today at Kent County District courthouse and held without bail on the following charges:
5 counts of Delivery of Fentanyl
1 count of Delivery of Heroin
2 counts of Conspiracy to Deliver Fentanyl
1 count of Conspiracy to Deliver a Counterfeit Controlled
1 count of Possession of Fentanyl
1 count of Possession of Oxycodone with the Intent to Deliver 1 count of Possession of Marijuana with the Intent to Deliver
1 count of Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Crime