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JOHNSTON, R.I.

R.I. firefighter charged with operating pot farm

JOHNSTON, R.I.

Firefighter accused of growing marijuana

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A firefighter on disability leave is facing charges that he operated a large marijuana growing operation in Rhode Island. WPRI-TV reported Tuesday that 49-year-old David Lashus was arrested after authorities in California intercepted a package containing 8 pounds of marijuana addressed to his home in Johnston. Police said they found 100 pot plants, 15 pounds of packaged marijuana, an ounce of hallucinogenic mushrooms, two semiautomatic rifles, a shotgun, three handguns, and nearly $8,000 in cash. Lashus is on leave from the Johnston Fire Department because of disability. His attorney said Lashus has a debilitating back condition, high blood pressure, and diabetes. (AP)

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