Man charged in the Rhode Island District Court (4th Division) Portsmouth, Rhode Island, Newport County for:
- Possession with Intent to Deliver Adderall in violation of R.I.G.L. § 21-28-4.01(a)(4)(i)
- Possession with Intent to Deliver Oxycodone in violation of R.I.G.L. § 21-28-4.01(a)(4)(i)
- Possession with Intent to Deliver Alprazolam in violation of R.I.G.L. § 21-28-4.01(a)(4)(ii) Possession of Ecstasy, in violation of R.I.G.L. § 21-28-4.01(c)(2)(i)
- Carrying a Pistol or Without License or Permit, in violation of R.I.G.L. § 11-47-8(a).
Portsmouth Police on patrol at the local casino observed a vehicle parked in the garage, with smoke coming from its cracked windows. Upon detecting the odor of marijuana, police moved closer to question the two occupants: the driver and front seat passenger, who admitted to recently smoking marijuana. Based solely on this observation, police removed the occupants and searched inside the vehicle. They discovered various narcotics and a ghost 9mm handgun. Among the drugs were 100 Adderall pills, 108 Xanax pills, 27 Oxycodone pills, and some ecstasy. Police also seized a large amount of money and a digital scale with white residue powder on it. The occupants were charged in Rhode Island District Court (4th Division) with various drug and firearms charges. At their initial appearance, both occupants were ordered held without bail. The passenger retained Rhode Island Drug Defense Lawyer, John L. Calcagni III, to defend him in this matter.
Bail granted. Attorney Calcagni prepared for the man’s bail hearing by preparing a bail memorandum outlining his contacts with neighboring Massachusetts, to include residence, family, and employment. The memo also highlighted the man’s lack of criminal history and applicable defense to the charges: the man was a passenger in the car and their lacked little evidence that he had either possession of the seized items or knowledge of their presence while he was in the car. Based on these efforts, Attorney John L. Calcagni and his team successfully persuaded the Court to release the man on $40,000 surety bail over the State’s objection.