State Police Task Force Nabs Woonsocket Man on Heroin Delivery Charges

HIDTA seizes ninety-three grams of heroin, scales, packaging material.


The Rhode Island State Police High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force arrested a Woonsocket man in a heroin distribution operation Wednesday as a result of an undercover investigation.

During November, Task Force members received information from the Franklin, Massachusetts Police Department and Department of Homeland Security/Immigration and Customs Enforcement about a man running a heroin distribution operation in Woonsocket, Colonel Steven G. O’Donnell, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police, announced. 

A Task Force member, acting undercover, was able to make contact with the target and purchase heroin from him on several occasions. Using evidence collected during those transactions, arrest and search warrants were obtained for Giovanni Morales Nieves, age 22, and his residence at 214 Cottage Street, 3rd Floor, Woonsocket.  The warrants were signed by The Honorable Elaine T. Bucci of the Sixth Division District Court.

On Jan. 9, at approximately 3:45 p.m., members of the HIDTA Task Force and the Woonsocket Police Department executed the warrants.  At the time of the arrest, Mr. Nieves was found to have three small bags of heroin on his person. A search of the residence revealed approximately 93 grams of heroin, scales, packaging material and additional drug distribution paraphernalia. 

Morales Nieves was charged with 1) Delivery of Heroin to a Police Officer (2 counts), 2) Possession of Heroin 1 Ounce to 1 Kilogram, 3) Possession of Heroin with Intent to Distribute. He was presented in Sixth Division District Court in front of The Honorable Judge Walter Gorman, where he was ordered held without bail and transported to the Adult Correctional Institute pending a bail hearing on Jan. 24.

The HIDTA Task Force is comprised of members of the Rhode Island State Police, Johnston, Pawtucket, Providence, North Kingstown, North Providence and Smithfield Police Departments, as well as agents/representatives from the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, the Department of Homeland Security Investigations/Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Rhode Island National Guard Counterdrug Program.  


Lotus Lily January 11, 2013 at 11:05 PM
Thank you MJ! It makes me sick how many people try to make these jerks out to be victims when in all honesty they are far from it! We all have free will, no one has put a gun to anyone's head and said sell drugs or else! Nor has God (if you believe in him) said "if you want Salvation, do this"! So please give me a break! This is why this city has gone to the toilet because of criminal thugs like this one! And I'd be willing to even speculate this is not his first time being busted for this! Yes is it sad and tragic that society has failed it's people so badly that people have to turn to selling and using drugs, yes......but again I reiterate it's a choice! I could have gone down that road myself but I chose to get a college education and bust my butt to survive and I don't care if I ever become jobless and homeless I would never resort to that type of life, I'd rather die first!!!!!!
Lotus Lily January 11, 2013 at 11:07 PM
Please I grew up around dealers and users all my life MSCRUZ get out of denial and stop enabling!!!!! It is a choice you choose to make plan and simple there is no grey in the matter!!!!!
Jane O. January 16, 2013 at 06:31 PM
93 grams of Heroin .... poor baby, must have had such a sad start in life waaaaaaaaaaaaa, don't worry MSCRUZ, he'll be all set at the ACI. And YES, I'll walk ON his shoes...he's a loser.
Lotus Lily January 17, 2013 at 12:53 AM
And sadly us taxpayers will be paying for another scumbag to get free room and board and 3 meals a day!!!!! This is the real tragedy out of this, is we will have to pay to house and feed dirtbags such as him!!!!!
Lotus Lily January 17, 2013 at 12:57 AM
I can hear his lawyers defense now, "He is just a misunderstood young man who was set up"! Oh please get real! These dealers aren't victims they know exactly what they are getting into and what they are doing and that it's illegal! End of story! I'm just sorry society has to pay for their stupidity and greed!


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