On December 11 around 5 p.m., Officer Kevin Brady was traveling east on Traver Avenue when he observed a car in front of him that failed to make a complete stop at a stop sign. A traffic stop was then initiated in the area of 2 Greenville Avenue. The officer reported that as he exited his cruiser he observed the driver bent over and appeared to be manipulating something underneath the driver’s seat or on the floor.
Contact was then made with the driver, later identified as Michael Perkins, 39, of 10-12 Larchmont Avenue in North Providence. While speaking, Officer Brady noticed that Perkins was sweating profusely. He also observed an orange pill bottle in a cup holder which did not have a label affixed to it. Officer Brady asked Perkins to give him the bottle, which he did. Inside was a white powdery substance which Perkins said was “Ex-Lax.”
Background checks were then run on Perkins, who had an active license and no warrants but had an extensive record including several drug arrests. Sergeant David Loffler then arrived on scene and was advised of the situation. Officer Brady then requested that a narcotics K9 respond to the scene. Moments later, a team from the Cranston Police Department arrived and conducted a search of the vehicle.
After the K9 located several points of interest in the car, a small plastic bag containing a tannish powdery substance was found, which Officer Brady believed to be heroin. Next to the bag was a folded dollar bill which contained several pieces of white rock-like substances believed to be crack cocaine. Also found was a white pill bottle which contained a white powdery substance believed to be cocaine. An unopened box of baking soda, commonly used to cook cocaine to make crack cocaine, was also found in the car.
Perkins was taken into custody and transported to police headquarters where he was processed and held pending arraignment for felony possession of a Schedule I and Schedule II drug. Field tests of the substances found reportedly tested positive for heroin and cocaine. Perkins was also issued a summons for the stop sign violation.
While on a fixed post on Route 6 westbound on December 12 at approximately 9:43 p.m., Officer Joseph Scotti observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed. He used a laser and found that the car was traveling at a speed of 87 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone. A traffic stop was then conducted in the vicinity of Route 6 and Route 295.
Contact was made with the driver, identified as David Gronski, 25, of 6 Cora Street in North Providence. Gronski provided all requested paperwork, however background checks revealed that his license was suspended in October. He was issued a court summons for speeding and driving with a suspended license, first offense. His vehicle was then towed from the scene and Gronski was provided with a ride to his residence by the tow operator.
On December 5 at approximately 10:40 a.m., Officer David Galligan was on patrol in the area of 900 Hartford Avenue when he observed a car traveling east. According to his report, he recognized the front seat passenger as Anthony Woodard, 29, of 21 Searle Street in Providence, from prior contacts. Background checks revealed that Woodard had an active Superior Court warrant for a technical violation. The car was detained in the area of 865 Hartford Avenue and Woodard was taken into custody without incident. He was transported to headquarters, processed, then transferred to Superior Court.