WEST GREENWICH, R.I. (WPRI) — Rhode Island State Police and West Greenwich Police took two people into custody on marijuana distribution charges on Tuesday.
Members of the High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force arrested Anne Armstrong, 56, and Alan Gordon, 46, after executing a court-authorized search warrant at their home on Hudson Pond Road, police said.
Officers seized about 12 pounds of usable marijuana, 59 marijuana plants, about 10 pounds of hash oil, equipment used to manufacture hash oil, and packaging materials, police said.
According to state police, troopers got a tip last month about the home.
“Plants were observed being grown right behind the residence,” said Capt. Matthew Moynihan. “There was no evidence in what we found as far as the distribution of it. It was more the manufacture of the marijuana.”
Eyewitness News spoke with both Armstrong and Gordon last year about their religious group that uses marijuana during services.
“I look at the bible. I read what it says and what it says is its full of this plant called cannabis in Hebrew that is depicted in scripture,” said Gordan. “Matches precisely what we call cannabis today.”
“This [marijuana] is a very important constitutional issue and if it can’t be decided here, I don’t think there is any hope forAmerica, frankly,” added Armstrong.
Police said neither Armstrong nor Gordon have valid marijuana patient or caregiver cards. They have both been charged with possession with intent to deliver/manufacture marijuana and possession in excess of 5 kilograms of marijuana.
With the charges they are facing, a possible penalty is a life sentence and a $1 million fine.
The two were arraigned Tuesday in Third Division District Court and have been held without bail. They are due back in court August 2.