Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Rhode Island's Very Own Drug Dealing Military Recruiter

This is rich.

Here's an excerpt from Amanda Milkovits' article in The Providence Journal:

CRANSTON, R.I. -- A top recruiter for the Air National Guard is being held on numerous drug charges after state police and Air Force investigators seized illegal drugs and about $40,000 worth of prescription medication from his house in Coventry, his Dodge truck, and the recruiting office on Oaklawn Avenue.

Richard Flamand, 31, is accused of dealing drugs from his house and the Air National Guard recruiting office. He was arrested on Monday after investigators from the state police High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force and the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations seized cocaine, marijuana and several thousand types of prescription medication, including OxyContin, Suboxone, methadone and hydrocodone from his truck and his house at 33 Circle Drive, Coventry, according to the state police. Another 40 grams of cocaine was found at Flamand's office at the Air National Guard, the state police said. Flamand had $7,616, which the state police said was seized during the arrest.

There is a certain redundancy in this effort. Selling drugs, selling wars...

Here's the link to the article. This has all the trappings of a national story, complete with multiple late night references...

"Several thousand types of prescription medications."


I've just found the AP version, and it is quite sparse:

Air Guard recruiter charged with selling drugs

The Associated Press
Posted : Tuesday Jun 2, 2009 13:59:14 EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A recruiter for the Rhode Island Air National Guard who authorities said kept cocaine in his government office faces drug dealing charges.

Tech. Sgt. Richard Flamand was scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday for possession of cocaine, marijuana and other drugs. He was arrested Monday by state police and federal agents.

Investigators searched Flamand’s recruiting office in Cranston and said they found 40 grams of cocaine.

A spokesman for the Rhode Island National Guard said Flamand has been suspended without pay. The Guard is investigating his contacts with recruits. He could face military discipline.

Flamand was held in jail after his arrest. It was unclear Tuesday if he had an attorney.

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