A three-year investigation by the Rhode Island State Police HIDTA has yielded $110,670 in forfeiture funds distributed to area law enforcement agencies, including $1,051.64 for the Woonsocket Police Department.
The Woonsocket Police Department is one of several local law enforcement agencies that comprise the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force (HIDTA).
The total forfeiture was $158,001. By statute, the Attorney General and Department of Health receive a portion ($47,400.30). Thre remainder, $110,670.70, was spilt among each agency on the task force. The Rhode Island National Guard, Drug Enforcement Administration, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and the Department of Homeland Security/ Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
The investigation over the last three years resulted in the arrest of 189 defendants and the seizure of 25 firearms and the following narcotics: 11.20 kilograms of heroin, 52.8 kilograms of cocaine, 2.5 kilograms of crack cocaine, 3,730 kilograms of marijuana, 1,221 dosage units of MDMA, 15,008 dosage units of controlled prescription drugs, and 222 dosage units of steroids.
Each Agency’s Share:
Central Falls: $5,641.27
North Kingstown: $1,830.81
North Providence: $8,929.15
RI National Guard: $7,997.07
RI State Police: $57,793.70