WOONSOCKET – There was a bonus for the police at the end of a trail that led to a man wanted for domestic assault. Just as officers closed in on Steve E. Beaulieu, another man was tossing a backpack containing $1,450 worth of cocaine and marijuana out the window, police said.
The episode unfolded in Apt. No. 3 at 174 Robinson St. Tuesday, said Detective Lt. Eugene Jalette, the police spokesman.
The tenant of that apartment, Kyle Hector Rivera, 24, was arrested on three felony counts stemming from the possession and delivery of controlled substances. He was released on $40,000 surety bail pending further court action following his arraignment in District Court.
Jalette said Beaulieu, 27, of Woonsocket, was wanted on charges stemming from a feud with his girlfriend at 18 Morin Heights Bouelvard on Monday. Patrolman Patrick Cahill, Joseph Brazil, and Justin LaRoche were following up on information that Beaulieu might be at Rivera’s house about 2:20 a.m. Tuesday.
“While checking 174 Robinson St for Beaulieu they could smell a strong odor of burnt marijuana coming from a bedroom,” Jalette said.
“Upon entering the room they noticed that Rivera was throwing a backpack out of the window.”
After retrieving the tote, police found about 17 grams of cocaine and 10 grams of marijuana in it, Jalette said.
Beaulieu was in the bedroom with Rivera when police arrived, but he is not facing any drug charges. He was charged with domestic assault, domestic vandalism and larceny under $500 in connection with the incident at Morin Heights and was ordered held without bail as a violator following arraignment in District Court, Jalette said.