Thought from the editor: Here is yet another example of a cancer inside of the Medical Cannabis program…….inconsiderate degenerates looking to make personal gain off of the sickness and vulnerability of others…As of today’s posting, there is no one in Rhode Island licensed to grow Cannabis plants LEGALLY on a large scale level operation…..If you are going to disregard the Slater Act and grow more plants than your Medical Cannabis card allows, ESPECIALLY going over FEDERAL LIMITS, please do not be a coward and stand behind your ‘card’ or the ‘cards’ of your patients and bring the rest of the community into turmoil. People like this and the idiots that overgrow warehouses are the reason that house bill 7275 is being introduced. People like this are not pioneers, they will be the reason that your personal legal medical garden will soon be obsolete. They will be the reason that the state issues growing rights to compassion centers only.
Marijuana greenhouses uncovered in Lincoln, Providence
5:58 PM Tue, Feb 22, 2011
Amanda Milkovits PROJO
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Local authorities said they’ve seized about 250 marijuana plants from two growing operations inside houses in Providence and Lincoln.
Two men were arrested during the drug searches on Friday and Saturday, and Providence police say they are drafting an arrest warrant for a third man.
The two-month investigation by Providence detectives Sgt. Gregory Sion and Elizabeth Wajda started with a tip from East Providence police about a house in Federal Hill.
The house at 50 Knight St., in Providence, was a home in name only, says Providence police Lt. Michael Correia.
“There was no food, no beds, no furniture,” he said on Tuesday. The entire second floor and basement were being used to grow marijuana, with lighting, a water filtration system, and other growing material, he said.
Franklyn Munoz, 43, who had keys to the house and was frequently there, was arrested during the raid Friday afternoon. He had further trouble, after police from Providence, Rehoboth, Swansea and the South Coast Anti-Crime task force searched his house at178 Summer St. in Rehoboth later Friday and seized a gun, three bullet-proof vests, and $8,100 cash, said Bernard F. Sullivan, spokesman for the Bristol County Sheriff’s Office.
The investigation also led authorities to Lincoln on Saturday, where police said they found about 90 large marijuana plants growing inside a house at 7 Cliffside Drive.
When resident Todd Gagne, 45, opened the door to police, he explained that the strong odor of marijuana emanating from inside was for medical reasons, said Lincoln Police Capt. Raymond Bousquet. Gagne showed the detectives his medical marijuana card and the front bedroom where he was growing plants, Bousquet said.
Lincoln Sgt. Wayne Bouthillette and Officer Jason Bolduc took one look at the 40 to 50 plants in the room — way over the state law allowance — and got a search warrant, Bousquet said. Detectives found three large grow rooms with more plants in the basement, he said.
“It was a very sophisticated operation,” Bousquet said, adding that it was the largest the Lincoln police had seen.
The indoor grow system speeds up the plants’ life cycle for an early harvest, Correia said. One plant can generate anywhere from a half pound to a 1 ½ pound of marijuana, which can sell from $1,500 to $4,500 a pound, he said. The police are investigating where the marijuana was being distributed.
Munoz, who has addresses at Summer Street in Rehoboth and 43 Wesleyan Ave. in Providence, was charged with possession with intent to deliver marijuana, manufacturing/cultivating marijuana, and conspiracy. Police also seized $2,289 cash from him.
Gagne was charged with manufacturing and delivery of marijuana, and distributing marijuana near a school.