Cops: Meth lab operating in motel; 3 arrested

Joseph Bennett (left), Christopher Ferrazza (center) and Arthur Oliveira (right) were arraigned in connection with a meth bust at Motel 6 on Jefferson Blvd. in Warwick on March 16, 2015.

WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — Police arrested three men Sunday night after officers busted a suspected meth lab operating in a Warwick motel.

Christopher Ferrazza, 43, of Cranston and Joseph Bennett, 54, of Warwick are charged with manufacturing of methamphetamine. Arthur Oliveira, 50, is charged with possession of methamphetamine.

In court, it was revealed police officers knocked on the suspects’ door at the Motel 6 on Jefferson Boulevard just after 11 p.m. Sunday and one of the suspects let them in.

Inside, officers said they saw hypodermic needles and meth in plain site. Police said upon learning the drug was being manufactured in the room, officers called in the city’s special hazards unit and evacuated the building as a precaution.

Debra Fisk was one of the guests moved to another building during the investigation. Her motel room, which she shares with her sister and her sister’s two young children, was on the floor right above.

“I couldn’t believe it. I was like, what the heck is going on here,” Fisk said. “And then this morning, they said around 4, everything was all clear. We came back to our room this morning.”

Due to the chemicals used to make meth, officials said the room was decontaminated. The receptionist at Motel 6 told Eyewitness News the business was open as of Monday morning.

Ferrazza and Bennett were ordered held without bail following arraignment at Kent County District Court. Bail was set at $10,000 personal recognizance for Oliveira.

The incident remains under investigation.

Eyewitness News was at the scene overnight. Here’s is coverage from Eyewitness News This Morning, just hours after the bust.


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