Police: Riverside man arrested twice in 24 hours for marijuana

09/25/2012 12:00 PM |

It was two days, two marijuana arrests for 22-year-old Joseph Baker of Riverside last week, Southampton Town police said.

Mr. Baker of Kirk Avenue was first charged with unlawful possession of marijuana about 1:45 p.m. last Sunday, Sept. 16 on Nugent Drive in Riverside after initially being pulled over for a seat belt violation, police said.

The officer who pulled him over noticed the smell of marijuana coming from the car, and asked for — and was given — consent to search the car by Mr. Baker, police said.

That search turned up a small plastic bag containing marijuana found in a cup holder in the car’s center console, according to police.

He was charged and then released on a field appearance ticket to appear in court on Oct. 17, officials said.

Almost exactly 24 hours later, Mr. Baker was pulled over again, this time for speeding and having a front-seat passenger not wearing a seat belt, police said. That stop was made at Brown Street and Ludlam Avenue in Riverside, according to police.

The officer, the same one that pulled him over the previous day, noticed two hand-rolled marijuana cigarettes in plain view in the center console cup holder of Mr. Brown’s car, police said.

He was arrested again and released on an appearance ticket and is again scheduled to be in town court Oct. 17, police said.