Pawtucket police seize $20,000 worth of marijuana in drug and firearm bust

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PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WLNE)- Officers from the Pawtucket Police Department arrested a man and a woman on multiple drug and firearm charges on Monday.

Police arrested 31-year-old Michael Murray of Lincoln, and 30-year-old Shirley Desjarlais of Foster, after executing search warrants stemming from an investigation by the narcotics unit.

The narcotics unit had been investigating an illegal marijuana grow operation run by Murray.

Investigators executed the search warrants for homes on Sabin Street in Pawtucket and on Ballou Avenue in Lincoln.

Police seized eight firearms, including two assault rifles, a shot gun, and five handguns, thousands of rounds of ammunition, and approximately $20,000 worth of marijuana.

Murray was arrested and charged with:

1.         Possession with intent schedule I

2.         Possession of marijuana in excess of 5 kilograms

3.         License or permit required to carry a concealed pistol

4.         Possession of a firearm while committing a controlled substance violation

5.         Using a firearm when committing a crime of violence

6.         Conspiracy

Foster was also arrested as part of the investigation and charged with:

1.         Manufacture/possession/deliver marijuana in excess of 5 kilograms

2.         Conspiracy

Murray was arraigned and released on $60,000 bail on Tuesday.

The investigation remains ongoing, more charges could come in the future.

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