Newport Police Department announced on Wednesday afternoon that they have arrested a Newport Man after finding cocaine and marijuana in his apartment on Champlin Place in Newport.

The Newport Police Department Vice/Narcotics Unit conducted an investigation over the past several months into the illegal sale of narcotics. Through the course of the investigation and resident complaints, 4 Champlin Place, Newport was identified as location where narcotics were being sold from. A suspect was identified and several purchases of narcotics were made by a confidential informant.

On June 28, 2017 at about 6:00 a.m., the Newport Police Department’s Special Response Team executed a search warrant at 4 Champlin Place, Newport.

In the basement, Newport Police Detectives located 65 grams of cocaine and a 2 room grow facility containing 26 marijuana plants. Also located inside the residence, was a digital scale and numerous items used to package narcotics for sale.

55-year-old Anthony Cooper of 4 Champlin Place, Newport was placed under arrest and charged with Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute and Maintaining a Common Nuisance for allowing the sale of narcotics from his residence. Because these charges are felonies, Cooper was held at the ACI until he is arraigned in Newport Superior Court.

The case is still under investigation by Newport Police Detectives.

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