Cops: Open container ticket leads to marijuana arrest

08/07/2012 9:00 AM |

A Greenport man was arrested Monday night after police went to write him a ticket for having an open container and found he was also in possession of marijuana, Southold Town police said.

Daniel Bridge, 29, was arrested on Fourth Street shortly after 9 p.m. and charged with possession of marijuana, police said. He was released and issued an appearance ticket for another date.

Two other men were given tickets for an open container, according to a police press release.

Mr. Bridge was also arrested back in February after an alleged drug transaction went wrong, according to police.

Police said Mr. Bridge had called to say he was assaulted by three unknown men on Manor Place in Greenport. He reportedly told police he was struck with a baton several times by assailants who were attempting to steal his money.

When police arrived on the scene, they found Marcias Smith, 19, of Greenport nearby. Police said Mr. Smith had a metal baton in his possession and was found to be involved in the incident.

Police said they later learned that Mr. Bridge knew at least one of his assailants and the attack was the result of a drug transaction. He was charged with falsely reporting an incident, giving a false sworn statement to police, and loitering for use/possession of a controlled substance, in that incident.