Cape man indicted in Rhode Island "Get Shorty" cocaine ring

Bourne man one of 21 suspects indicted

A Bourne man has been indicted by a Providence County Grand Jury as part of a large-scale cocaine distribution ring in Rhode Island. According to the Rhode Island Attorney General's Office, 21 people were indicted in a multi-agency investigation dubbed "Operation Get Shorty".

In July 2013, the Rhode Island State Police High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force, Providence Police and the Rhode Island Office of Attorney General arrested 15 during the operation. Six others were arrested during follow up investigations.

Austin O'Brien III, 40, of One Jillian Drive in Bourne, was indicted one two counts of conspiracy to violate the controlled substance act and solicitation of another to commit a felony.

Charges range from conspiracy to violate the controlled substance act to possession of cocaine and possession of cocaine with intent to deliver.

O'Brien and the other 20 defendants are scheduled for arraignment in Providence County Superior Court on November 5.

The operation was named for suspect Carlos Davila of Providence whose aliases include Angel Martinez, Hector Bermudez and Shorty. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on