Monday, May 11, 2009

Six Indicted in Organized Crime Bust

The statewide Grand Jury has handed up an indictment Thursday naming six local men in connection with an organized crime bust.

Donald St. Germain , of West Warwick, Joseph Montuori, of Cranston, Michael Sherman of West Warwick, Michael Lillie of West Warwick, and Jeremy Lavoie also of West Warwick are charged with one count each of conspiracy and extortion. Police say the five men conspired together to extort money in West Warwick back in January. Officials also say the men threatened to injure someone with the intent of extorting cash.

St. Germain is facing several additional charges, including bookmaking, as well as drug possession and intent to deliver drugs, including Oxycodone and Hydrocodone. All of the incidents were witnessed by an undercover West Warwick Police officer.

Montouri is also named on one count of bookmaking, and involvement in an organized crime business. Sherman is named on four additional drug charges, as well as possessing a pistol while delivering a controlled substance.

Lillie and Richard Crowley are also facing charges involving the delivery of drugs.

All six men will be arraigned in Providence County Superior Court.

Thanks to Amanda Mathias

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