RISP confiscates thousands of dollars worth of drugs in traffic stop

RICHMOND, R.I. (WPRI) — A traffic stop in West Greenwich on Saturday night evolved from a simple motor vehicle violation into drug bust involving 49 vials of the drug Molly.

State police said when the vehicle with three New Jersey men was pulled over, many things warranted a search inside the car.

“They learned that the operator of the vehicle had a suspended license. And they also observed small amounts of marijuana throughout the vehicle. All three occupants had rather inconsistent stories about where they were coming from and where they were going,” said Corporal Erik Yanyar of the RI State Police.

A K-9 search is what led state police to discover the stash.

“It was within a void underneath the gear shifter of the center consul. So they actually had an area that was voided out in order to store whatever it is they wanted there.”

Combined with the marijuana, police confiscated thousands of dollars worth of drugs.

Police also said that the men had previous firearm and drug trafficking offenses. They were arraigned in third district court and are being held without bail.

“Anytime you’re able to take a motor vehicle stop and take it further and continue your investigation, and get further criminal charges, from something like a motor vehicle violation, it shows that we’re out there and we’re out there and we’re being proactive and we’re doing what we can to get these offenders,” said Yanyar.