Rhode Island man arrested twice in 3 days

TUPPER LAKE – A Rhode Island man was arrested twice in three days: first near Tupper Lake and then in Saranac Lake, both times with drugs, according to police.

Tupper Lake-based state police said an officer observed John J. Bartlett, 37, of Johnston, R.I., traveling north at speeds up to 80 mph along state Route 30 at about 9 p.m. Friday. He had two passengers in his vehicle.

Police said the officer followed Bartlett, who passed another northbound vehicle before being pulled over. During the initial interview, police said Bartlett gave his name and admitted that he didn’t have a license. Police ran his name through their database and discovered his license had been suspended since 2007.

After the officer said he smelled marijuana, Bartlett allegedly admitted to smoking the drug. Police found a half gram of marijuana in the glove compartment and upon searching the vehicle further they found another small bag of marijuana and a glass pipe under the passenger seat. Travis Pouliot, 43, of Woonsocket, R.I., was in that seat and allegedly admitted those items were his.

Police also found two more grams of marijuana and another bag containing oxycodone, amphetamine and dextroamphetamine. There was also a dagger under the driver’s seat.

Pouliot was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation, and drinking alcohol in a motor vehicle on a highway, an infraction. He was released and ordered to appear in village court at a later date.

Bartlett was arrested and charged with third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a felony; seventh-degree controlled possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor; possession of a controlled substance in a non-original container and unlawful possession of marijuana, both violations; and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and driving at speeds in excess of 55 mph, both infractions.

The third passenger, Michael Medeiros, was released.

Bartlett was processed at the Tupper Lake state police barracks and transported to the Franklin County Jail in Malone in lieu of $1,500 cash and $3,000 bond.

At about 10 p.m. Saturday, Bartlett was bailed out.

At 3 a.m. Sunday, Saranac Lake village police said Bartlett’s car was stopped after they received a complaint of a suspicious vehicle.

During the stop, he was allegedly found to be operating without a license and in possession of a small amount of marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia. Bartlett was charged with unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and unlawful possession of marijuana and released on an appearance ticket for village court.

Enterprise Staff Writer Chris Knight contributed to this report.

Contact Shaun Kittle at 891-2600 ext. 25 or skittle@adirondackdailyenterprise.com.