Portsmouth Police arrest man on felony drug charge


PORTSMOUTH — A New Bedford man was arrested Saturday night on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance.

Barry M. Almeida, 49, of 16 Madeira Ave., Apt. 2S, was also charged with driving while intoxicated and violating a protective order. 

Police responded to the area of Route 24 South on the Sakonnet River bridge at about 8:15 p.m. after receiving a report of an erratic driver. They later found the car in the area of West Main Road and Donna Drive, and pulled it over after observing it leaving the lane of travel. 

During a search, police said they found two Lorazepam pills inside one of Mr. Almeida’s pockets, but he could not produce a prescription for the drugs. Police said there was an active protection order between Mr. Almeida and a female passenger in the car. 

Mr. Almeida was also cited for driving with a suspended license and refusal to submit to a chemical test. 

Here are some more highlights from the Portsmouth Police reports from over the past week:

Tuesday, May 9

Yohan B. DeJesus, 32, of 804 Porter Lane, Providence, was charged at 5:15 p.m. on a bench warrant issued from 6th District Court. Police said they pulled him over on West Main Road near The Valley Inn because his vehicle had a broken brake light. Mr. DeJesus was also cited for driving with a suspended license. 

Thursday, May 11

Evan H. Moore, 19, of 261 Mail Coach Road, was charged with driving while intoxicated shortly before 2 a.m. Police said they pulled his car over on Boyd’s Lane near Viking Drive because it had a broken brake light in the rear window.  Mr. Moore was also cited for refusing to submit to a chemical test.

Sunday, May 14

Kyle C. Schwartz, 26, of 4 Harbor Village Drive, Middletown, was charged with possession of marijuana after he was pulled over for speeding on West Main Road near the Middletown line shortly after 8 p.m. Police said they detected a strong odor of marijuana in the car and seized a small plastic baggie containing marijuana. He was also cited for driving after his license had been suspended.


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