WARWICK, R.I. — Officer Ali Jaafar was searching a white 2005 Pontiac Bonneville April 18 at 7:21 p.m. after stopping the driver for speeding Rte. 95 South when he found 4 grams of crack cocaine, and arrested the driver for possession of the substance.
During the traffic stop, initiated after Jaafar clocked the driver doing 61 mph in a 55 mph zone, the officer learned the car had the wrong plates. Jaafar identified the driver as Arthur Collins, 44, of 125 Camden Ave.. Providence, according to the officer’s report. Jaafar also learned that Collins’ license was suspended, and that this was his third offense for driving with a suspended license.
Jaafar detained Collins and handcuffed him, placing him in the back of his cruiser while he searched the man’s car. Jaafar noticed the trim around the shifter knob was loose and was able to lift it with a one finger, with little effort, according to he report. Beneath the trim was a bag containing thirteen rocks of what later tested positive for crack cocaine, about four grams, according to Jaafar’s report. The estimated value of the cocaine was $300 – $400, according to the report.
Jaafar returned to Collins and read him his rights, and transported him to Warwick Police Headquarters, 99 Veterans Memorial Drive, where he was charged with Possession of a Schedule I-V Substance, and driving on a suspended license, third offense. Jaafar also cited him for speeding, operating an unregistered vehicle, and lane violations.
Collins was held overnight as a bail violator for a morning court appearance.