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Coventry Man Charged with Cocaine Possession after Traffic Stop

Suspect said he found the cocaine at a club in Providence and didn't know what it was.

A 29-year-old Coventry man is facing felony narcotics possession charges after he was caught with a small amount of the drug after a traffic stop in East Greenwich on Wednesday.

Police said Christopher R. Banno, 29, of 71 Station St., Coventry, was stopped shortly after midnight after he was clocked driving 43 mph on First Avenue in a 25 mph zone.

Police said they smelled burning marijuana inside the car and Banno reportedly turned over a small bag from his coat pocket and said that was all he had.

But a search of the vehicle turned up three more baggies containing more marijuana as well as a small digital scale and a medicine bottle that contained two clear pills containing a white substance.

A test of the pills tested positive for cocaine, police said, and Banno reportedly told police he found them at a club in Providence and wasn't sure what they were.

The total amount of marijuana seized by police totaled 6.2 grams. The cocaine measured .6 grams, police said.

All told, Banno was charged with felony narcotics possession and cited for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana. 
Leave RI April 15, 2014 at 08:53 AM
"Banno reportedly told police he found them at a club in Providence and wasn't sure what they were." LMFBO!
Einstein April 15, 2014 at 11:50 AM
If you like your insurance, you can keep your insurance. Seems as I've heard this story before.
Cadre April 15, 2014 at 01:39 PM
Why do you always have to talk in riddles.
Einstein April 15, 2014 at 03:00 PM
To Confuse you... The Less Intelligent. Simply stated for all the third graders like Cadre... The man was LYING. Got it? Good.
Leave RI April 15, 2014 at 09:05 PM
^^ I see what you did there.

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