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Update: 51-Year-Old Man Charged in Newport Meth Operation

A man was allegedly cooking meth in a room at the Pineapple Inn in Newport

Photo Credit: Newport Patch
Photo Credit: Newport Patch

updated: Friday, Jan. 17 at 2:50 p.m.

Sean Costigan, 51, of Pawtucket, was ordered detained in federal custody today by U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Patricia A. Sullivan  on federal drug trafficking charges after federal agents broke up an alleged methamphetamine operation at the Pineapple Inn in Newport.

According to an affidavit, in May 2013, Warwick Police, and DEA Drug Task Force agents and officers began an investigation into the alleged trafficking of meth by Costigan.

On at least four occasions, between October and December 2013, an undercover law enforcement officer reportedly purchased between 1.4 grams and 6.8 grams of meth from Costigan, for between $100 and $400 dollars.

On Thursday, DEA agents, DEA Drug Task Force agents and officers and Warwick Police detectives executed a court authorized search of a room in the Pineapple Inn, allegedly rented by Costigan. 

Law enforcement discovered materials used in the manufacture and distribution of meth.

Costigan, who was detained overnight at the Warwick Police Department, made an initial appearance in federal court Friday afternoon on a criminal complaint which charges him with four counts of trafficking methamphetamine.

Federal officials, with the assistance from the Newport Fire Department, cleaned up the potentially dangerous ingredients Thursday night.


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Eddie Haskell January 17, 2014 at 03:14 PM
I know a Sean Costigan, down on L Street.
detachablepenis January 17, 2014 at 03:41 PM
What a dump the Pineapple is.
Kim Holder January 18, 2014 at 03:47 PM
They need to close down that dump
LK January 20, 2014 at 05:38 PM
They do need to close this place down or get a new owner that can turn it into something better, But do we really need this motel, they seem to have enough B&B's, hotels, motels on the little island of Aquidneck.

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