Police yesterday arrested four more individuals, including "prominent long-time mob associate" Domenic Lombardi, in connection with an investigation into drug and gun trafficking rings tied to New England's Patriarca crime family:
Lombardi is accused of selling Vicodin out of a West Warwick shopping plaza that he owns. In the same plaza, authorities say, Lombardi also leases space to a drug-rehab clinic for people trying to beat their addiction to, among other drugs, Vicodin. Lombardi was arrested last night in Florida, where he was vacationing, by Osceola County sheriffs. "He's had an illustrious career with law enforcement,'' said Lt. Col. Steven G. O'Donnell. "It spans decades, and numerous crimes including arson and drugs. He's been a thorn in the side of law enforcement for years.'' Lombardi is currently on a suspended sentence for a previous drug conviction, which means he faces prison as a violator once he is returned to Rhode Island from Florida. A hearing is scheduled for tomorrow to determine if Lombardi will waive extradition to Rhode Island, according to O'Donnell.
The other three arrested are the following: Stephen Wahl; Devon McDonald; and Curtis Ruiz. Police still are looking for one more suspect to arrest.
Tuesday's arrests follow on the heels of Monday's roundup which netted 18 individuals tied to the alleged Patriarca schemes.