JOHNSTON, R.I. (AP) - Undercover Rhode Island state police officers delivering a shipment of high-grade marijuana from California have arrested two Johnston men who had about 100 marijuana plants growing in the basement of their homes together with about 15 pounds of packaged product and six firearms.
State Police Superintendent Col. Steven O'Donnell says one of the suspects, 49-year-old David Lashus, had a valid medical marijuana caregiver's card issued by state officials. The law allows license holders to possess a maximum number 24 mature marijuana plants, 12 seedlings and five ounces of usable marijuana.
Police stumbled onto the drug-cultivation operation at the Plainfield Street home as they arrested 21-year-old Aaron Lashus shortly after he signed for a parcel containing eight pounds of marijuana from California.
David Lashus faces drug and firearms charges. Aaron Lashus is charged with marijuana possession.