By Marjorie Nesin
---- — Two 18-year-old men were arrested on drug and alcohol charges and property theft charges, after an officer in an unmarked vehicle saw a passenger in the moving vehicle smoke a substance out of a glass pipe.
Police arrested Tyler S. Oliveira and Jordan S. Allen after stopping the vehicle on Atlantic Road Saturday about 2:27 p.m.
Oliveira, who was driving the vehicle, was charged with driving while under the influence of marijuana, driving without being licensed, and transporting liquor while under legal drinking age, according to police. Police said Allen, one of three passengers in the vehicle, was charged with possession of more than an ounce of marijuana, possession with intent to distribute marijuana and being in possession of alcohol while younger than legal drinking age.
According to police, an officer said that, as he approached the vehicle on foot, he saw Allen in the rear seat moving his arms and hands quickly and “attempting to push down and hide a backpack under his legs on the rear floor.” Police asked Oliveira to roll down the driver’s window, but it was duct taped and broken, so Oliveira opened the door.
”As soon as the drivers door opened, a large thick cloud of marijuana smoke poured out of the entire passenger compartment,” Detective Steven Mizzoni wrote in the report.
Police said that, when officers when searched the backpack Allen had attempted to hide, they found over a quarter pound of “high quality” marijuana packed in two Mason jars. They also found small plastic sandwich baggies, an electronic scale with marijuana residue, and two marijuana grinding tools.
Police also found two more backpacks in the vehicle, which none of the passengers would claim. One contained a half empty 1.75 liter bottle of vodka, several more plastic sandwich bags with marijuana and a container of Miracle Grow plant food, police said. The third backpack held what police described as an assortment of electronic equipment, including iPods, cellular phones, global positioning system devices, binoculars and “expensive” sunglasses, all of which police believe were good stolen from vehicles in a recent rash of car breaks.
Police brought Allen and Oliveira back to the station and warned the other two passengers, one a minor and the other 18-years-old, that they could face charges for receiving stolen property. The investigation into the electronic items is ongoing, police said.
Police seized $685 in cash from Allen’s wallet during booking, classifying the money as profits from drug sales, though Allen argued that he had earned the cash in his job as a Shaw’s cashier.
Police arrested a 24-year-old LePage Lane man on charges of domestic assault and battery, after police responded to a call at the apartment complex where the man lives.
Jonathan Neat was accused of entering a neighbor’s apartment “unannounced” and starting a “scuffle” with that man then leaving. Another woman alleged that Neat entered her apartment and pushed her “forcefully” into a door, police said.
Police filed a criminal complaint for disorderly conduct against a 27-year-old Gloucester man, after a patrol officer witnessed a fight breaking out in front of House of Mitch Saturday about 1:08 a.m.
Police said James M. Odum of Perkins Street was “yelling and screaming while waving his arms around” in the middle of Rogers Street as police broke up the fight. Police sent Odum on his way but minutes later heard him yelling and screaming again in the alley by St. Peter’s Club and arrested him at that time, police said.
Earlier in the night police had escorted a “highly intoxicated” woman from the House of Mitch, after the 41-year-old woman became angry and started “causing issues” with customers and with staff.
A 33-year-old Holly Street man was arrested on a default warrant out of Salem District Court after he was involved in a minor vehicle collision Sunday about 10:09 p.m.
Police arrested Jon C. Benjamin at an accident scene on the Route 128 North extension between the traffic circles, according to police. Another vehicle had struck the rear of Benjamin’s vehicle, police said.
Police arrested 18-year-old Jordan Brooks of Spring Street Friend Street on a warrant out of court Saturday, according to police. Brooks was arrested at a Friend Street address about 11:38 a.m., police said.
Marjorie Nesin can be reached at 978-283-7000, x3451, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.