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Valet stopped, busted in customer's car

April 8, 2014

CUMBERLAND – Police say a routine traffic stop resulted in the discovery not only of cocaine in the vehicle, but also that one of the two occupants, an employee of a parking valet service at T.F. Green Airport in Warwick, had taken the vehicle from the airport lot without permission.
Police Chief John Desmarais said on Tuesday that the Patrolmen Josh Vaughan and Greg Pomfret had been patrolling Mendon Road on March 18, when they observed a vehicle on the Route 295 North exit ramp change lanes and turn suddenly.
The officers stopped the vehicle bearing Connecticut plates and spoke with the operator, Michael Saraiva, and his passenger Richard Martin, Desmarais said. A check for warrants showed Martin, 26 of Smithfield, to be wanted by Sixth District Court for failure to appear in October of 2013. He was taken into custody without incident. Martin was subsequently found to be in possession of several packets of a white substance that tests showed to be cocaine, police said. As a result of the investigation, Martin was charged with possession of cocaine, Desmarais said, and scheduled for a probation violation hearing in connection with a State Police case of possession with intent to deliver.
Upon investigation of the ownership of the vehicle, Vaughan and Pomfret were able to determine that it did not belong to either of the two men. Read the rest of this story in Wednesday's Call.

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