Colonel Steven G. O’Donnell, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Commissioner of Public Safety, and The Honorable Peter F. Kilmartin, Attorney General for the State of Rhode Island announce the arrest of nineteen (19) men and one (1) woman on charges relating to the management of a statewide criminal gambling organization and a marijuana distribution operation.
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The arrests are the result of an eight (8) month investigation led by members of the State Police Intelligence Unit and the Office of the Rhode Island Attorney General that resulted in the execution of arrest warrants and search warrants on Tuesday, April 12th by the State Police, Federal Bureau of Investigation, United States Marshals Service, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, Providence Police, Warwick Police, Cranston Police, Scituate Police, North Providence Police, Narragansett Police, East Providence Police, West Warwick Police, Johnston Police, Lincoln Police, Central Falls Police, East Greenwich Police, Woonsocket Police, and Newport Police.

The following is a list of suspects who were arrested and arraigned on Tuesday, April 12, 2016:

1. Thomas J. Pilderian, age 45, of 55 Pine Ridge Road, Cranston
1) Bookmaking, 2.) Organized Criminal Gambling, 3.) Conspiracy

2. Mark B. Battista, age 39, of 400 Narragansett Parkway, Warwick
1) Bookmaking
2) Organized Criminal Gambling
3) Conspiracy
4) Possession of Controlled Substance – 3 counts

3. Mark V. Marinaro, age 43, of 11 Winward Circle, Warwick
1.) Organized Criminal Gambling, 2.) Conspiracy

4. Jason M. Pilderian, age 39, of 25 Talbut Road, Scituate
1.) Organized Criminal Gambling, 2.) Conspiracy

5. Joseph R. Brunelle, age 38, of 12 Palm Street, North Providence
1.) Organized Criminal Gambling, 2.) Conspiracy

6. Eric D. Glaude, age 40, of 35 Marigold Circle, North Providence
1.) Organized Criminal Gambling, 2.) Conspiracy

7. Dustin R. Sears, age 40, of 40 Braeburn Circle, Cranston
1.) Organized Criminal Gambling, 2.) Conspiracy

8. David J. Disano, age 42 of 83 West Hill Drive, Cranston
1.) Organized Criminal Gambling, 2.) Conspiracy

9. Jonny E. Lubo, age 44, of 111 Wunnegin Circle, Warwick
1.) Organized Criminal Gambling, 2.) Conspiracy

10. James J. Petrella, age 31, of 26 Beach Row, Narragansett
1) Bookmaking, 2.) Organized Criminal Gambling, 3.) Conspiracy

11. Timothy J. Moretti, age 46, of 1710 Phenix Avenue, Cranston
1) Bookmaking
2.) Organized Criminal Gambling
3.) Conspiracy
4.) Violation of Probation for prior convictions of Possession with Intent to Deliver Cocaine and Possession of 1 ounce to 1 kilogram of Cocaine.

12. Sean W. Furney, age 24, of 48 Roosevelt Street, Warwick
1.) Organized Criminal Gambling, 2.) Conspiracy

13. Brian K. Cipolla, age 48, of 178 Council Rock Road, Cranston
1.) Organized Criminal Gambling, 2.) Conspiracy

14. Lewis Silveira, age 50, of 154 North Street, Warwick
1.) Organized Criminal Gambling, 2.) Conspiracy

15. John Depietro, age 41, 39 Prospect Avenue, South Kingstown
1.) Possession with intent to deliver 1 to 5 kilos of marijuana
2.) Possession of 1 to 5 kilos of marijuana
3.) Possession of Adderall with intent to deliver

16. Christopher R. Costantino, age 24, of 10 Cedar Pond Drive, Warwick
1.) Organized Criminal Gambling, 2.) Conspiracy

17. Joseph A. Capelli, age 38, of 58 Firglade Drive, Cranston
1.) Organized Criminal Gambling, 2.) Conspiracy

18. Louis Scaglione Jr., age 24, of 34 Bridgham Farm, Road, East Providence
1.) Organized Criminal Gambling, 2.) Conspiracy

The following suspects were arrested on Tuesday, April 12, 2016:

19. Zhen L. Wu, DOB: 12/11/83, of 125 Pleasant St. Cranston
1.) Possession with Intent to Deliver Marijuana
2.) Possession with Intent to Deliver Marijuana – 1 to 5 KG
3.) Possession with Intent to Deliver Marijuana
4.) Possession with Intent to Deliver Marijuana – Over 5 KG
5.) Controlled Substance

20. Shu Y. Ruan, DOB: 6/30/75, of 125 Pleasant St. Cranston
1.) Possession with Intent to Deliver Marijuana
2.) Possession with Intent to Deliver Marijuana – 1 to 5 KG
3.) Possession with Intent to Deliver Marijuana
4.) Possession with Intent to Deliver Marijuana – Over 5 KG
5.) Controlled Substance

On April 13, 2016, Zhen L. Wu and Shu Ruan were arraigned in Third District Court. They were both were held without bail, remanded to the Adult Correctional Institute and assigned a bail hearing on April 26, 2016.

The investigation began after receiving information alleging that Thomas J. Pilderian was operating an illegal bookmaking operation from his business, The Cozy Grill Restaurant located at 440 Warwick Avenue, Warwick. The investigation confirmed the information provided and identified Mark Battista, Mark Marinaro, Jason Pilderian, Joseph Brunelle, Eric Glaude, David Disano and Jonny E Lubo as alleged co-conspirators in the operation.

The investigation led to the identification of a second alleged illegal bookmaking operation run by James Petrella and Timothy Moretti. Sean Furney, Brian K. Cipolla, Lewis Silveira, Louis Scaglione Jr., Christopher Costantino and Joseph A. Capelli were identified as alleged co-conspirators with Petrella and Moretti.

Both alleged illegal gambling operations utilized the internet to perform most of the betting and record keeping functions. Pilderian used the betcapri.com website; Petrella and Moretti used the VIPbettors.com website. Both web sites appear to be based in Costa Rica. Criminal charges against the co-conspirators relate, in part, to the collection of debts owed to the alleged criminal gambling operations for which the co-conspirators received compensation.

During the investigation, members of the Intelligence Unit received information that Zhen Wu was trafficking large quantities of marijuana. Surveillance over the past few weeks confirmed this information and identified a storage locker Wu visited frequently at 604 Park Avenue, Cranston.

On Tuesday, April 12, 2016, members of federal, state and local law enforcement executed search warrants and seized property at the following locations:

• 55 Pine Ridge Drive, Cranston
• The Cozy Grill restaurant located at 440 Warwick Avenue, Warwick
• 400 Narragansett Parkway (West B3), Warwick
• 25 Talbut Road, Scituate
• 1710 Phenix Avenue, Cranston
• 26 Beach Row, Narragansett
• GiGi’s Pizzeria located at 647 Main Avenue, Warwick
• The Portside restaurant located at 321 Great Island Rd., Narragansett
• 125 Pleasant Street, Cranston
• Storage Unit 3045, 604 Park Avenue, Cranston

The arrests and search warrants listed above resulted in the seizure of:

• Gambling Ledgers
• $311,596 in United States Currency
• 330 pounds of marijuana
• 2015 Ford F-150 pickup
• 2015 Toyota Sienna Minivan
• 2010 Chevrolet Silverado pickup
• 10 Computers
• 11 Cellular Phones
• 6 Digital Storage Devices
• 2 scales
• 2 Money Counting Machines

A person convicted of Organized Criminal Gambling may be imprisoned for not more than five (5) years and fined not more than ten thousand dollars ($10,000).

A person convicted of Bookmaking may be punished by a fine not exceeding five hundred dollars ($500) or imprisonment not exceeding one year, and upon a second conviction of a violation of this section shall be imprisoned for a period not less than one nor more than five (5) years.

A person convicted of possession with intent to deliver one (1) kilogram to five (5) kilograms of marijuana may be imprisoned for a term up to fifty (50) years and fined not more than five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000).

A person convicted of possession with intent to deliver over five (5) kilograms of marijuana may be imprisoned for a term up to life and fined not more than one million dollars ($1,000,000).