Rhode Island Grand Jury Indicts Bourne Man in “Operation Get Shorty”

GavelPROVIDENCE, R.I. – A Bourne man was one of 21 people indicted by a Providence County Grand Jury resulting from a multi-agency investigation into a cocaine distribution ring throughout Rhode Island.

Austin O’Brien III, 40, of 1 Jillian Drive, was charged with two counts of conspiracy to violate the controlled substance act, and one count of solicitation of another to commit a felony.

The indictments followed the investigation dubbed “Operation Get Shorty.”

The Rhode Island State Police High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force, Providence Police and the Rhode Island Office of Attorney General arrested 15 of those indicted in July of 2013.

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Subsequent to the initial arrests, the investigation led to the arrest of several others allegedly involved in the drug trafficking operation, including O’Brien.

The 21 individuals were indicted on 101 counts with various counts of possession of cocaine, possession with intent to deliver, conspiracy to violate the controlled substance act and solicitation of another to commit a felony.

Stephen Graustein, 59, of 8 Acushnet Avenue, New Bedford, was also indicted on four counts of conspiracy to violate the controlled substance act, and two counts of solicitation of another to commit a felony.

All are scheduled for arraignment in Providence County Superior Court on November 5, 2014.