PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – A longtime affiliate of the New England crime household has been arrested and accused of unlawfully being a “silent companion” in a state-licensed marijuana cultivator operation.
Raymond Jenkins, 56, of Johnston, was arrested on Thursday by the R.I. State Police and charged with a felony rely of perjury and two misdemeanor expenses of submitting a false doc and conspiracy. Based on a court docket affidavit, Jenkins is accused of mendacity about his true position in Natural Bees, a hashish cultivator on Mineral Spring Ave. in Pawtucket that sells product to marijuana dispensaries.
Jenkins, whom state police say additionally goes by the nickname “Scarface,” is a “shut affiliate of the Rhode Island faction of the New England La Cosa Nostra.” He was one among 9 defendants in a sweeping bust into organized crime in 2011 that took down former boss Luigi “Child Shacks” Manocchio. He was accused of shaking down a used automotive salesman in an extortion scheme.
By legislation, Jenkins’ felony file would prohibit him from acquiring a place of “managerial oversight over a state licensed medical marijuana cultivator,” in response to the affidavit.
“Jenkins was in actual fact a founding father of this enterprise, operated a lot of the day-to-day obligations, and was even concerned within the hiring, self-discipline and termination of staff,” wrote Detective Matthew Lynch, a member of the State Police Intelligence Unit.
Investigators allege Jenkins was typically compensated in cryptocurrency.
Court docket paperwork reveal detectives have performed a number of raids on the Pawtucket facility and seized $50,000 value of unlawful untagged marijuana vegetation, “in an workplace are the place Jenkins has been reported to frequent whereas at Natural Bees.”
Jenkins was arraigned on Thursday and launched on private recognizance, in response to his lawyer William Dimitri.
“My understanding is there have been grand jury investigations into these guys a number of months again,” Dimitri informed Goal 12. “I believe, however don’t know but, perhaps the grand jury didn’t return a real invoice. That’s reprehensible if that’s the case.” (A return of a no true invoice means a grand jury declined to file expenses).
Kristy dosReis, a spokesperson for Legal professional Common Peter Neronha stated, “absent distinctive circumstances, we don’t touch upon the existence or nonexistence of grand jury investigations.”
The R.I. Division of Enterprise Regulation – which oversees the hashish business in Rhode Island – can be concerned within the state police probe, in response to court docket data, and has taken motion in opposition to Natural Bees’ license to develop hashish.
“The Division is conscious of the continued felony matter and has moved to revoke Natural Bees’ cultivator license by means of an order to point out trigger issued this afternoon,” spokesperson Brian Hodge stated in an e mail.
Dimitri stated he plans on gathering paperwork from the DBR to see “what was filed and what they are saying he lied about.”
“I don’t know what they’re basing this arrest on,” he stated.
The state police affidavit says an worker at Natural Bees referred to Jenkins as a “silent companion.” Paperwork filed with DBR reveals the companies homeowners are based mostly in Chicago and Florida, and Jenkins is just not listed amongst them. The state requires all folks with curiosity in a marijuana enterprise to be disclosed on the shape.
Police allege Jenkins claimed in a 2020 submitting with DBR to be an worker on the facility with the title of “trimmer,” although investigators say “Jenkins had by no means participated within the marijuana trimming course of.” Staff should not topic to the identical felony background necessities as managers and homeowners.
“Majority homeowners have expressed the will to promote Natural Bees for about [$1.5 million,” Lynch wrote. “Jenkins has made repeated statements referencing an original operating agreement from the year 2017 that he should be entitled to approximately [$750,000] upon sale of this enterprise.”
Lisa Holley, the lawyer for Natural Bees, declined to remark.
Additionally arrested on Thursday was Dorian Ferreira, 35, of Windfall, charged with misdemeanor conspiracy. Ferreira is described because the director of operations of Natural Bees, in response to the required disclosure doc filed with DBR. His lawyer didn’t instantly return a name for remark.
Steph Machado and Sarah Guernelli contributed to this report