RISP seize 19 pounds of pot, 94 plants

Photo Credit: Rhode Island State Police

HOPKINTON, R.I. (WPRI) –Two Charlestown residents are facing drug charges after they were found with 19 pounds of  packaged marijuana and 94 mature marijuana plants, police said.

Darren Higgs, 48, and Jacqueline Pastore, 36, of Charlestown were collectively charged with five crimes, according to Rhode Island State Police. The charges include possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and possession of marijuana in excess of 5 kilos.

The two were arrested by the State Police High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force. The State Police Hope Valley Barracks, as well as Hopkinton and Charlestown police assisted in the bust.

Police responded to a rental property on Paige Place in Hopkinton after receiving reports of suspicious activity. State police received a tip that a strong ‘skunky smell’ was coming from the house even though neighbors believed no one was living there.

HIDTA Task Force learned the Hopkinton property was rented to Higgs, which led police to his Charlestown home. Both residences were stationed with sophisticated indoor marijuana growing layouts, police said.

Officials seized the aforementioned marijuana packages and plants, as well as additional packaging equipment and over $3800 in cash.

Higgs and Pastore were arraigned at the Fourth Division District Court. Both face a bail review at the District Court on March 12.

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