Around 9:50 p.m., Feb. 16, Warwick Police Officer David J. Babcock was on routine patrol near the intersection of Metro Center Boulevard and Greenwich Avenue when he spotted a vehicle pass …
Around 9:50 p.m., Feb. 16, Warwick Police Officer David J. Babcock was on routine patrol near the intersection of Metro Center Boulevard and Greenwich Avenue when he spotted a vehicle pass through a red light.
He followed the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop.
Police identified the driver as Louise M. Abbenante, 51, of 62 South St., Cranston.
“Upon speaking with Abbenante, I detected the moderate odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from her breath,” Babckock wrote in the arrest report.
The woman eventually told police she was coming from the Elks Lodge at 1915 West Shore Road, and had one glass of white wine.
Police asked Abbenante to consent to a series of standardized field sobriety tests. Following the tests, she was placed under arrest and charged with one count of DUI-Liquor (0.1 to 0.15, first offense). She also received traffic citations for Obedience to Traffic Control Devices, Laned Roadway Violations and Turn Signal Required.
Around 2:10 a.m., Feb. 18, Warwick Police Officer Kevin P. Grant Jr. was on routine patrol driving south on Rout e95, just after the Route 37 overpass. He was following a car as it allegedly swerved across lanes.
Grant initiated a traffic stop and identified the driver as Isaac Vernal Tate, 32, of 1735 Main St., West Warwick.
“While speaking with Tate, I observed on the passenger floorboard an open bottle of Hennessy that appeared to be half empty,” Grant wrote in the arrest report.
Police asked Tate to consent to a series of standardized field sobriety tests. Following the tests, he was placed under arrest and charged with one count of DUI-Liquor (0.1 to 0.15, first offense). He also received traffic citations for Laned Roadway Violations, Failure to Maintain Proper Control of Vehicle, and Timing of Turn Signal.
US ATTORNEY: Twice convicted drug trafficker detained following investigation
A United Parcel Service (UPS) employee twice convicted and incarcerated for trafficking kilos of heroin, and, who allegedly used his position at UPS to attempt to locate a package shipped from Columbia that contained multiple kilograms of cocaine, has been ordered detained in federal custody on drug trafficking charges, according to a press release from the office of US Attorney Zachary A. Cunha.
Warwick Police helped investigate the crime.
In November 2022, Custom and Border Protection intercepted a package sent from Colombia and it was discovered that it contained cocaine packed inside of two ball bearings, according to the press release.
“When the package failed to be delivered to one of several addresses associated with Levys Tovar, 43, of Central Falls and Pawtucket, Tovar allegedly inquired of a customer service supervisor where he worked as to the location of the package,” according to Cunha’s office. “Tovar allegedly claimed that he was attempting to locate the package ‘for his neighbor.’”
Information obtained by Homeland Security Investigations determined that the intended delivery address was the home Tovar shared with his girlfriend and that the “neighbor” Tovar described did not exist.
Tovar, charged by way of a criminal complaint with conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute over 500 grams of cocaine and unlawful use of a communication facility (including the mails) to facilitate the distribution of a controlled substance, was ordered detained following his arrest on Monday.
According to court records, Tovar was convicted in federal court in 2004 of possession with intent to distribute one kilogram of heroin, and again in 2011on a charge of attempt to possess with intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin. Tovar is currently on supervised release for the 2011conviction, and is scheduled to return to court on March 7, 2023, for an initial appearance as an alleged violator of supervised release.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Stacey A. Erickson.
The matter was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations’ Northeast Corridor Border Enforcement Team; Custom and Border Protection; and the Central Falls, Pawtucket, Providence, and Warwick Police Departments.
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