TIVERTON, R.I. (WPRI) — A local barber appeared in court Wednesday on charges that he was dealing drugs out of his business.
The judge ordered Jesse Rego, 39, held without bail pending a bail hearing.
Detectives Tuesday said they found 170 bags of heroin and $571 in cash at Upper Cuts Barber Shop on Main Road in Tiverton.
Police arrested Rego and charged him with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. Rego is the owner of the Upper Cuts Barber shop and according to the Rhode Island Department of Health, he is licensed as an apprentice barber.
Officials said Rego’s arrest comes after an extensive investigation of suspected drug dealing out of the barber shop.
A status conference for Rego is scheduled for May 9.
Eyewitness News spoke with a man who works near the barber shop and got his hair cut by Rego six months ago.
“It seemed pretty dead in there. There wasn’t anyone in there,” said Tom Lacey of Tiverton. “Not the most professional guy. He went out and got a cigarette before he cut my hair, things like that. 170 bags of heroin a couple of blocks from my house. It’s surprising!”