Man faces drug, weapons charges

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A city man who police say has a lengthy criminal history is facing drug and weapons charges after a search of his home last week uncovered cocaine and a loaded handgun.

Lorenzo Evans, 45, of 2 Red Robin Drive, Cranston, was arraigned Oct. 25 on charges of possession of Schedule II narcotics with intent to deliver, possession of a firearm while committing a crime of violence and possession of a firearm by certain persons prohibited, according to a statement from Cranston Police.

He entered no plea and was ordered held without bail. A status conference is scheduled for Nov. 7.

According to the statement, police executed a search warrant at Evans’ home at 4:30 a.m. on Oct. 25. The department’s Special Reaction Team made initial entry and secured the scene for the Special Investigations Unit “due to identified safety concerns,” the statement reads.

Police say Evans was immediately located in the home’s kitchen and was allegedly attempting to conceal crack cocaine. The statement notes that the home was equipped with multiple cameras to monitor its exterior.

During the search, police say they uncovered 48 grams of crack cocaine, 17 grams of powder cocaine, a loaded .38 caliber revolver, $1,149 in cash, drug paraphernalia and a 2004 BMX 530i. Additional cocaine was allegedly found on Evans during a search at police headquarters.

According to police, Evans’ criminal history includes 23 prior convictions in Rhode Island. At the time of his latest arrest, he was serving an eight-year suspended sentence on a 2015 drug conviction in Massachusetts. He was also arrested by Pawtucket Police on charges of domestic assault and domestic disorderly conduct in August of this year.

“The Cranston Police Department encourages the public to continue to provide narcotic related information or suspicious activity that anyone feels is related to the possession, sale, cultivation, or delivery of illicit drugs,” the statement reads.

Tips can be submitted anonymously via the department’s website, cranstonpoliceri.com, or by calling the Special Investigations Unit at 942-2211.

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