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WESTERLY — A Connecticut man arrested on a bench warrant early Sunday is facing a felony narcotic possession charge after the police said they found he was carrying four methamphetamine pills. 

The man, Richard Geddes, 23, of Terryville, was released on a $1,000 surety bond and is due in Washington County Superior Court for a felony screening in August.

Westerly officers were dispatched to the area of Granite Street near Summer Street just before 2 a.m. for reports of a man in the roadway yelling. When officers arrived, they found Geddes on the sidewalk holding a cellphone.

According to a police report, Geddes apologized to the officers, saying he had been fighting with his girlfirend. However, a check of Geddes' ID showed he was wanted in Rhode Island on a bench warrant from Fourth Division District Court.

He was taken into custody, and at the Westerly police station he began acting nervous and reaching into his pants, Police Chief Shawn Lacey said. Officers tried to get him to stop, removed his hands, and searched him. They found the small purple pills in his waistband, and they tested positive as methamphetamine.

The police said they seized 1.8 grams of the drug and sent the pills to the state laboratory for further testing.

— Jason Vallee

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