Rhode Island detectives make multiple arrests for counterfeiting, firearm offenses, and domestic assault

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WOONSOCKET — Rhode Island detectives have made a series of arrests following separate investigations by various specialized units, apprehending individuals on charges ranging from counterfeiting to firearm offenses and domestic assault.

Deric M. Thompson, 47, of 233 Halsey Road, Woonsocket, was arrested on eight counts including passing counterfeit certificates/notes/bills and obtaining money by false pretenses.

The arrest was the culmination of an investigation by the financial crimes unit, which also uncovered multiple offenses involving fraudulent checks.

In a separate operation, Darrell Almeida, 26, of 21/23 Knight Street, Apartment 2, Central Falls, faced multiple charges after being arrested by the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) task force.

Almeida’s charges include possession of a firearm by certain persons prohibited, alteration of marks of identification on firearms, possession of large capacity feeding devices prohibited, and possession of a Schedule II controlled substance – cocaine.

Additionally, Antonio Cueva Jr., 28, of 49 Maple Street, Cranston, was taken into custody after an investigation by the Violent Fugitive Task Force.

Cueva was arrested on an affidavit and arrest warrant issued by the Cranston Police Department for simple assault and domestic disorderly conduct, as well as two Superior Court full bench warrants for failure to appear on previous domestic felony assault charges.

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