Providence firefighter suspended, accused of drug trafficking

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EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A routine traffic stop has led to drug trafficking charges for a veteran of the Providence Fire Department.

Back in August, East Providence police said officers pulled over Ricardo Garcia, 47, after spotting him tailgating another vehicle on 195 East.

According to the police report, officers thought Garcia was acting nervous and asked to search his car. During the search, police said they found a bundle hidden inside a tear in one of the car seats. Police said that bundle – which was inside a shopping bag and wrapped in paper towels and rubber bands – contained a large amount cocaine.

Police said the bundle amounted to a quarter kilogram of cocaine– worth an estimated $4,000.

Eyewitness News has learned Garcia is a 15-year veteran of the Providence Fire Department and has been suspended indefinitely without pay. He will face charges of possession and possession with intent to deliver the illegal drug.

He’s scheduled to be arraigned Nov. 14.