Providence police make more arrests in 'Operation Stop the Flow'
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WJAR) —
Providence police arrested two brothers and a sister who are accused of running a money laundering scheme through two Providence nightclubs.
Andry Sanchez, 34, Donny Sanchez, 36, and Yohanna Sanchez, 35, were arrested Sept. 1. Police said they've also been evading taxes and funneling drug money through Flow Night Club and South Beach Restaurant.
“They are registered as the owners or agents or the licensees of these nightclubs,” Maj. David Lapatin said during a news conference Friday.
Police also raided two homes in Providence. They confiscated jewelry, including Rolex watches along with more than $300,000 in cash.
“Some monies that were obtained from narcotics were used and cleaned through the nightclubs and then of course weren't reported as income," Lapatin said.
The siblings' arrest is tied to a wiretap investigation in May, in which police arrested 36 people connected to a drug-trafficking ring.
“Operation ‘Stop the Flow’ didn't end when we announced the arrests in May. It was ongoing as it now,” Lapatin said.
During the investigation, police also arrested another brother, Ydel Sanchez, 42. Officers found him armed with a 40-caliber handgun at one of the raids.
As for the future of Flow Night Club and South Beach Restaurant, Providence police said both are still open, but they've notified the Providence Board of Licenses.
“We have brought the case to the attention of the license enforcement unit. We brought it to the board and city hall and they are starting an investigation,” Lapatin said. “Listen, everything has to run through a procedure. If It were up to me, I'd have them closed right now, but that's not the way we do it.”