Providence couple accused of trafficking fentanyl-laced heroin

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Two Rhode Island residents have been accused of trafficking heroin laced with the drug fentanyl into the state.

A federal jury on Wednesday indicted 49-year-old Agustin Acevedo and 42-year-old Dismery Uceta, both of Providence, on drug charges including possession of more than 100 grams of heroin with the intent to distribute.

Prosecutors say Acevedo and Uceta were driving a rented car from New York City to Rhode Island last April when a Rhode Island state trooper pulled them over for speeding and noticed a brick-like object in the car. Authorities say the brick was later determined to be a kilogram of heroin laced with fentanyl.

Acevedo and Uceta were detained by federal drug agents who also responded to the traffic stop.

A lawyer representing the two did not immediately comment.