Barber charged with dealing drugs at his shop; 170 bags of heroin recovered

Jesse Rego appears for arraignment in Newport District Court, Wednesday, May 3, 2017. (WJAR/Pool)

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.

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