2 Arrested, 29 Kilograms of Cocaine Seized: State Police

Two Rhode Island men are facing drug charges after a traffic stop in Groton Wednesday, according to state police.

Police said Arnulfo Hiciano, 33, of North Providence and Giovanni Carmona, 31, of Providence were arrested after troopers found 29 kilograms of cocaine in their vehicles.

The incident started when troopers conducting traffic enforcement on Interstate 95 near exit 88 stopped two vehicles. According to police the vehicles, a 2012 Nissan Maxima and a 2014 Dodge Ram, were weaving in and out of traffic. Hiciano, who was driving the Nissan, allowed troopers to search the vehicle.

Police said K9 Albert detected narcotics in two boxes in the trunk of the car. Hiciano told police they were not his and allowed police to open the boxes, according to a press release. Hiciano also told police he was traveling with Carmona, who was driving the Dodge.

Inside the boxes police said they found 29 kilograms of  packaged cocaine. The drugs have a street value of around $2.9 million.

Police said both men were arrested and the cocaine, $5472 in cash and the two vehicles were seized. They were both charged with failure to maintain established lane, possession of cocaine, and possession of cocaine with intent to sell.

Hiciano and Carmona were both held on $100,000 bonds and expected in New London Superior Court Thursday.

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