2016-10-06 / News of Record

Fort Getty worker charged with felony drug possession


A former town employee who worked at Fort Getty this summer has been charged with felony drug possession by Jamestown police.

Arthur Foster III, 63, of Warwick, was charged Sept. 19 after police allegedly found hard candy laced with THC in his vehicle, Police Chief Ed Mello said. THC is the main mind-altering ingredient found in cannabis.

According to Mello, Foster talked to co-workers in August about having the synthetic drug, which is a highly concentrated derivative of marijuana. One of the witnesses tipped police about the admission, leading to an interview and subsequent search of Foster’s vehicle, Mello said. According to police, the vehicle was parked at Fort Getty and Foster consented to the search.

Foster was released pending analysis by the state Department of Health. The felony charge, Mello said, depended on the chemical processing and how the candy was produced. After results of “extremely dense levels” of THC were found, police issued an arrest warrant and Foster turned himself in to police. A second court date is scheduled for Oct. 20 in Newport.

Foster was immediately fired by the town following the vehicle search.

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From Sept. 15-29, Jamestown police responded to 759 calls, including 340 security checks, six car accidents, 25 dispatches with the fire department, 19 animal complaints and 14 alarms. There were 89 traffic stops resulting in 29 citations and a marijuana violation. Officers made five arrests, including two drivers with invalid licenses and a drunken driver near the Sea- Breeze Landing on Narragansett Avenue.

Disorderly, vandalism, knife

An 18-year-old Jamestown man was arrested Sept. 20 on Pemberton Avenue and charged with disorderly conduct, vandalism and possession of a knife. According to Lt. Angela Deneault, the suspect was arrested after allegedly slashing a victim’s tires. The defendant was arraigned Sept. 23 in Newport District Court.

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