Traffic Stop Leads to Two Marijuana Arrests
On Jan. 3 around 9 p.m., police pulled over a Toyota Camry at the intersection of Coddington Highway and West Main Road because there items such as a handicapped sticker hanging from the rear view mirror that obstructed the driver’s vision, said police.
The officer reported a strong smell of marijuana in the car but the driver, Matthew Miville, 25, of 77 Foothills Road, Durham, Conn. and his passenger, Beatrice Rodruiguez, 49, of New Britian Conn. allegedly denied they smoked the drug.
A search turned up a large plastic bag of marijuana in the glove compartment as well as marijuana hidden in an empty soda can. Police also found marijuana in Rodruiguez’s purse.
Rodruiguez and Miville were both arrested on a misdemeanor possession of marijuana charge.
Christopher Perry, 24, of 9 John Chaffee Blvd, Newport, was arrested on Jan. 4 at 1:05 a.m. on a misdemeanor possession of marijuana charge. Police pulled him over because snow was covering his plate and smelled marijuana in his car. A search turned up the drug.
Zachary Sears, 20, of 36 First School, Bristol, was arrested on Jan. 3 at 10:36 a.m. on an affidavit warrant and a first offense possession of marijuana charge. Sears was walking down High Street and an officer recognized him from an arrest warrant from the Newport Police Department. When police arrested Sears, he showed them a blunt he had in his hat, said police.