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.