PROVINCETOWN — Dispatched to the Cumberland Farms parking lot on Monday morning to deal with a man asleep at the wheel of his car, Patrol Officer Jason Sullivan found Frederick Muhl, 54, of Colchester, Conn. waking up from a nap.
He’d been in town since 4 a.m., Muhl said, and sleeping at Cumby’s since 6 a.m. He stepped out of his car to talk to Sullivan, Patrol Officer Daniel Sheehan, and Patrol Officer Thomas Radzik — who, according to Sullivan’s report, noticed a four-inch glass pipe “in plain view on the floor next to the driver’s seat.”
The officers asked Muhl if there were any drugs in his vehicle. Yes, he said, “There was meth in the glove box,” Sullivan reported. There, Radzik found a locked box; Muhl offered up its combination code. Inside, officers found a methamphetamine cigarette in a case, two glass meth pipes, purple and pink containers with meth, a white container holding a crushed blue pill, a clear baggie with five orange pills, a pouch shaped like Grumpy Cat (an internet-famous feline) with a glass meth pipe inside, four disposable syringes, a glass meth pipe funnel and butane torch, an “Asian pouch and small plate,” three pill bottles and one container with meth, a mirrored case with three black and one orange pills, and “various other contents.”
Field sobriety tests on Muhl revealed no signs of impairment. More charges are likely to follow, but he was arraigned on May 24 in Orleans District Court on one count of possessing methamphetamine, a Class B controlled substance, and one count of possessing Clonazepam, a Class E controlled substance. He’ll next appear in Orleans on July 13, for a pretrial hearing. — Josephine de La Bruyère