- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 19, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza’s Office has announced that 15 people were arrested this month in a sting operation targeting drug dealers working in the city’s Kennedy Plaza.

Officials say among those taken in as a result of the bust include 52-year-old Steven Mondon, who died after collapsing in police custody on April 4. Police say Mondon was the 15th suspect arrested in the sting.

The investigation found that many of those arrested were involved in the sale of Klonopin, Xanax, amphetamines and cocaine in and around the area of the plaza.

Police say officers conducted a number of “controlled purchases” from dealers operating in the downtown park with the help of confidential informants.

Public Safety Commissioner Steven Paré says police are looking for other culprits and more arrests are expected.

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