Barber charged with dealing drugs at his shop; 170 bags of heroin recovered
A Tiverton barber shop owner is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday after a drug raid at his shop.
Tiverton police said officers and the Bristol County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant at the Upper Cuts Barber Shoppe on 434 Main Road Tuesday.
Three officers reported finding 170 bags of heroin and $571 in cash. Capt. Patrick Jones told NBC 10 News that the heroin has an approximate street value of $15 to $20 a bag, making the street value of the raid between $2,500 and $3,400.
Officers placed 39-year-old Jesse Rego under arrest. He is charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (heroin). He is scheduled to be arraigned in Newport District Court.
Rhode Island Department of Health records list Rego as a licensed apprentice barber.
Jones said the arrest followed an extensive investigation into reports of drug dealing out of the barber shop.