Task force arrests four in drug sweep in Providence

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PROVIDENCE — In a series of coordinated law enforcement operations, the HIDTA Task Force, alongside local police, arrested four individuals on drug-related charges and one for willful trespass at a casino.

Early Friday morning, Joseph Goodrich, 32, was taken into custody on two counts of possession with intent to deliver controlled substances, specifically cocaine and methamphetamine.

The arrest followed a court-authorized search at Goodrich’s North Providence residence, concluding a narcotics investigation.

He was processed at the Lincoln Barracks and appeared in Third District Court for arraignment.

Later that day, Melissa Porter, 47, was apprehended by the task force and North Providence officers on charges stemming from a Pawtucket Police Department warrant.

Porter faces allegations of possession with intent to deliver cocaine and methamphetamine, as well as drug distribution or manufacturing in a school zone.

After processing at Lincoln Barracks, she was handed over to Pawtucket police.

Simultaneously, two additional arrests were made in Providence.

Jill Giordano, 38, and Joshua Fuller, 32, were each charged with multiple drug offenses, including possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine in quantities ranging from one ounce to one kilogram, cocaine, fentanyl, and controlled substance conspiracy.

Fuller also had outstanding bench warrants for failing to appear for sentencing on prior possession charges.

Both were processed and arraigned, with Giordano sent to the Women’s Intake Center and Fuller to the Men’s Intake Center.

On Saturday at 3:15 a.m., Maher Boles, 52, was arrested by the Gaming Enforcement Unit for willful trespass at Bally’s Twin River Lincoln Casino Resort.

Boles, from North Attleboro, Massachusetts, was released from the Lincoln Woods Barracks with a scheduled court appearance in the Third District Court.

The HIDTA Task Force’s actions underscore an ongoing commitment to combat drug distribution and maintain safety in public venues.

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