WESTERLY — A New Jersey man and local resident are each facing charges after police said an alert officer’s response to a suspicious car led to the discovery and seizure of cocaine and marijuana.
William Garcia, 30, of Passaic, N.J., was charged Sunday morning with possession of a controlled substance, while 24-year-old Ivan Parra Garcia was cited with one count of possession of less than an ounce of marijuana.
According to Westerly Police Chief Richard Silva, the two were in a car at the back of an otherwise empty parking lot on Friendship Street around 11:15 a.m. Sunday when an officer approached the car, which appeared suspicious, and began asking questions.
The subsequent investigation revealed that William Garcia was carrying a “personal use amount” of cocaine, while Parra Garcia had a small amount of marijuana.
Both were charged and released on a promise to appear in Fourth Division District Court later this month, officials said.