Police break up sophisticated pot-growing operation in Pawtucket

From top: Michael Warner, Dana Johnson, Matthew Brown were arrested for an illegal growing operation. (Photos: Pawtucket Police Department)

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — Police this week busted a massive marijuana-growing operation that spanned across state lines.

Between Wednesday and Friday, investigators executed search warrants at three commercial buildings in Pawtucket and discovered an elaborate system used to grow and distribute the drug.

Police said they seized nearly 350 marijuana plants, 26 pounds of marijuana, 8 pounds of hash powder, 30 packs of dabs, assorted cultivating materials, and approximately $7,200 in cash from 260 Central Ave., 6 Sabin St., and 16 Sabin St.

Arrested as a result were Dana Johnson, Michael Warner, and Matthew Brown.

Johnson, 61, of Seekonk, Brown, 44, of East Providence, and Warner, 36 of South Hamilton, Mass., were all charged with manufacturing, possession and delivery of marijuana, possession with intent to deliver marijuana, and conspiracy, while Johnson and Brown were also charged with maintaining a common nuisance.

Johnson and Warner were arraigned Thursday and Brown faced a judge on Friday.

The Pawtucket Police Department’s Narcotics Unit worked in conjunction with members of the Seekonk Police Department on the lengthy investigation.

Seekonk police also executed a search warrant at Johnson’s home on Walker Street, where they seized approximately 40 pounds of marijuana, cash, and a sawed-off shotgun.

Items seized from 200 Walker Street (Photo: Seekonk Police Department)
Items seized from 200 Walker Street (Photo: Seekonk Police Department)

He’s facing additional charges out of Seekonk, including possession of a class D substance with intent to distribute, possession of a class B substance, possession of a sawed-ff shotgun, and possession of ammunition without a license.