Investigators raid Cranston home; Owner arrested on firearm, narcotics charges

(Jim Hughes, WPRI)

CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) – Cranston Police have arrested a man on firearm and narcotics charges after raiding his Grove Avenue home Tuesday evening.

Cranston Police Department Colonel Michael Winquist confirms to Eyewitness News that police took the homeowner into custody. He has been identified as 25-year-old Derek Plomaritis.

Eyewitness News has learned both guns and drugs were found in the home, leading to the suspect’s arrest for possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, carrying a firearm without a license, possession of a firearm while committing a crime of violence, possession of marijuana over one ounce, and reckless driving.

Only Eyewitness News cameras were rolling as officials with the Cranston Police Special Investigations Unit and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives conducted an investigation inside the home at 23 Grove Avenue. Cranston Police had their BCI Unit on the scene to process the evidence being taken out of the home.

Col. Winquist went on to say there is no current threat to public safety, and no other suspects are at large. Residents in the area should not be concerned by the heavy police presence.

This joint investigation by Cranston Police and the ATF is still very active.

Plomaritis is being held overnight Tuesday and will be arraigned on the charges in court Wednesday.

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