MPD Make Four Possession of Marijuana Arrests

The following arrests were reported by the Middletown Police Department. An arrest does not indicate a conviction.

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.  

Other Arrests

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.

Denis January 08, 2013 at 03:01 PM
Funny how as of April 1st these will no longer be criminal offences. What will the police have to do after then to keep busy? Maybe we could get by with less police officers in each of our island towns? Lessons here, clean the snow off your car before you drive, if you are young, and remove your handicapped placard, when you are driving. I couldn't count the number of cars I see with the placard on the rearview every day, most of them on cars with drivers over 60 YO and how many more have junk dangling from their rearview mirror as they drive around town. If the police are going to use this as an excuse for a traffic stop, perhaps there should be a public education campaign to remind drivers of the dangling object law particular to the State of Rhode Island. That includes; dangling fuzzy dice, baby shoes, graduation tassles, Puerto Rican flag replica's, suglasses on lanyards, etc.
FlyingTooLow January 08, 2013 at 04:39 PM
All card-carrying members of the DEA need to read: Shoulda Robbed a Bank Here is one of its reviews: 5.0 out of 5 stars... If David Sedaris had written 'Catcher in the Rye'..this would be it, June 30, 2012 Amazon Verified Purchase This review is from: Shoulda Robbed a Bank (Kindle Edition) I have never smoked pot in my life...nor do I ever care to. I read about this book in numerous Huffington Post comments. Thought I would read it because I know nothing about marijuana or the people involved with it. I am ecstatic that I did. Funny, Funny, Funny!!! The chapters are like short stories. Stories about unloading boats with helicopters, close encounters with law enforcement, traveling through the jungles of South America. The chapter about the author's first time smoking marijuana made me feel like I was with him...coughing. All of the characters were just a group of loveable, nice guys and girls. Not what I had been raised to believe...hysterical maniacs high on pot bent on death and mayhem. They were nothing like that. If you have ever read any of David Sedaris' books, and like them...you will love Shoulda Robbed a Bank. And the crazy things happening reminded me of Holden Caufield in 'Catcher in the Rye' and the way he staggered through life. The way the words are put together are like nothing I have ever heard. I am sure I will use many of the sayings found in this book just to dazzle my friends. A terrific read. I love this book.
FlyingTooLow January 08, 2013 at 04:40 PM
This horrible injustice has been going on for decades...why do we tolerate it? What has happened to our 'free' country? George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry...they would all disown our cowardly, miserable, whining asses. Have we really come to this? I spent 5 years in Federal Prison for a marijuana offense. While I was there, I watched armed bank robbers come and go in as little as 20 months. After 3 years 'behind the wall,' I pointed this out to the parole board. Their response: “You must understand, yours was a very serious offense.” How do you respond to that mentality? I laughed about the parole panel's comment for 2 more years (as I still sat in prison), then wrote my book: Shoulda Robbed a Bank No, it is not a treatise on disproportionate sentences. I wrote about the escapades that led to my incarceration. I admit, I had a great time. No one was injured, no one was killed,...there were no victims. We were Americans pursuing happiness in our own way. Harming no one...nor their property. That’s my contribution to helping point out just how ludicrous our pot laws truly are.
Denis January 10, 2013 at 01:22 PM
Just as a followup, I drove from downtown Newport to the Shaw's plaza Middletown via Memorial Blvd., Aquidneck Ave. & Valley Road yesterday and made a count on the way, result: 3 blue hadicapped placards and 1 red one, one set of sunglasses, 2 graduation tassles, and a 1 Puerto Rican flag. All within a less then ten minute ride. Get moving Newport / Middletown police, the game is a foot!
FlyingTooLow January 10, 2013 at 01:27 PM
"...the essence of tyranny is the enforcement of stupid laws,” ---Edmund Burke


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