PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A federal grand jury in Providence has indicted two Florida men with drug charges in connection with the seizure of more than 19 kilograms of cocaine allegedly shipped to the state from Puerto Rico.

The U.S. Attorney’s office says Rinaxo Rufino, of Miramar, Florida, and Gabriel Concepcion, of Kissimmee, Florida, were charged Thursday with conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine.

Federal prosecutors say the cocaine had been shipped from Puerto Rico to homes in Providence, Woonsocket and Central Falls. They say the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) intercepted multiple packages containing cocaine in August. The men were arrested that same month.

Messages were left Saturday for attorneys representing Rufino and Concepcion.

Author photo
The AP is one of the largest and most trusted sources of independent newsgathering. AP is neither privately owned nor government-funded; instead, as a not-for-profit news cooperative owned by its American newspaper and broadcast members, it can maintain its single-minded focus on newsgathering and its commitment to the highest standards of objective, accurate journalism.