PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Two men are facing multiple charges including drug possession and child cruelty after a traffic stop in Providence.
According to the Rhode Island State Police, Troopers stopped a Dodge Caravan on Orms Street Friday morning for multiple violations. The driver, 27 year-old Corwin Tetreault of Providence, did not have a driver’s license and was taken into custody.
Three other people were in the van: 38-year-old Hector Ortiz, his three year-old child, and Tetreault’s girlfriend. Troopers called for a tow truck and while taking an inventory of the contents of the van, they found 351 packets of what is believed to be synthetic marijuana and $1,195 in cash. Tetreault told the Troopers that it was his.
Police said the van was also filled with garbage and partially-eaten food, and smelled of urine. Hector Ortiz told the Troopers that the van was his, and that he lived in it with the child, but had loaned it to Tetreault so Tetreault could deliver the marijuana. Tetreault’s girlfriend allegedly told the Troopers that all three of the adults had been smoking the synthetic marijuana while the child was present.
Troopers arrested Ortiz and DCYF took custody of the child.
Tetreault and Ortiz were booked and arraigned at State Police headquarters in Scituate and will appear in Providence District Court Monday. Tetreault was charged with possession with intent to deliver, driving under the influence, and driving without a license. Ortiz was charged with cruelty to or neglect of a child, forgery of registration plates, and giving false documents to police.A previous edition of this story misspelled Tetreault’s name as Tetrault.