Early-Morning Marijuana Bust
A West Warwick man, 20, is charged after a vehicle he was driving in Barrington early last Friday morning was pulled over.
Why are three young men, one from West Warwick and two from Warwick, driving around Barrington early last Friday morning?
Barrington Police Chief John LaCross asked that question after reviewing an arrest for marijuana possession. The West Warwick man, 20, was charged at about 3 am on Jan. 18.
Antonio R. Quinones, of Manchester Street, was charged with driving under the influence of marijuana, marijuana possession, driving in possession of a controlled substance, and refusing to submit to a chemical test. He was driving north on County Road when a patrol officer spotted the vehicle about 2:34 am swerving over the fog line and bearing no license plate on the front bumper and with a side light out.
The 2000 Acura was pulled over near the RIPTA bus stop at the Barrington Congregational Church. As police officers approach the car, the occupants made “furtive” movements, LaCross said, as if to conceal something in the vehicle.
Quinones had bloodshot and dilated eyes, dry mouth and appeared lethargic, according to the police report. He failed field sobriety tests.
A search of the vehicle found marijuana scattered all over the interior of the car, LaCross said.
Quinones was arraigned at the police station and placed in a jail cell. He was taken to District Court on Friday morning to face the charges. The two passengers were released without being charged.