Cranston City Councilman faces drug possession charge

Cranston police share this booking photo of Matthew Reilly.

CRANSTON, R.I. (WLNE) — A Cranston City Councilman is facing a drug charge.

Police said at about 11:30 a.m. Monday, someone signaled to an officer in the area of Pontiac Avenue and Marine Drive about a man who looked like he was choking.

The officer saw the man, later identified as Councilman Matthew Reilly, appearing to have a medical episode.

The officer noticed Reilly, 41, was holding a glass pipe and a lighter.

“Reilly woke up and appeared disoriented,” the release said. “The officer felt Reilly showed signs of a potential overdose and needed to be evaluated.”

Rescue crews arrived and briefly evaluated Reilly, but he refused treatment.

Police searched his car and found a white rock-like substance, which later tested positive for crack cocaine and fentanyl.

Reilly, who’s a Republican, was charged with one count of drug possession.

He was arraigned by a bail commissioner and released pending a court appearance on June 15.





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