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Police: Couple Busted for Drugs in Connection With Homicide Search Warrant

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Pawtucket Police Department

A Rhode Island couple is facing drug charges after police found cocaine, a gun and drug manufacturing equipment while searching a Pawtucket home in connection with a homicide.

Police tell WJAR the Sisson Street apartment where Steven Gibau, 29, and Brittany Ragusa, 28, live was searched Wednesday in connection with the shooting death of 21-year-old Robby Baptista, who was found suffering from a gunshot wound over the weekend. He later died at a hospital.

While carrying out a search warrant, detectives seized more than 600 grams of cocaine and a .380 semi-automatic handgun, among other things.

Gibau and Ragusa are currently charged with manufacturing, possession and delivery of cocaine; possession of a schedule II narcotic with intent to deliver; using a firearm when committing a crime of violence; maintaining a common nuisance; and distribution or manufacturing in or near a school zone.

Police add that Gibau and Ragusa may face more charges.

Anyone with information in connection to Baptista's homicide is asked to call police at 401-727-9100, ex. 756 or local police.

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