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    Two charged with growing marijuana after sting

    JOHNSTON — 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, along with about 15 pounds of packaged product and six firearms. State Police Superintendent Colonel Steven O’Donnell said 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 as many as 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 Aaron Lashus, 21, 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. (AP)