Police seize guns, drugs in bust near Johnston elementary school

JOHNSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — Police arrested two men and seized bags and trays full of marijuana during a high-risk search warrant Tuesday.

Police said they confiscated guns, cocaine and marijuana at locations on Dante Avenue and said the operation was likely “sophisticated.”

According to Johnston police, the operation occurred near an elementary school.

“Deputies had received credible and reliable information that there was a substantial marijuana grow being conducted at the residence,” Deputy Police Chief Joseph P. Raza said. “Based on the information and the subsequent search warrant that was signed, they executed the warrant and during the search of the premises they found a large marijuana grow.”

Arron Leiter, 29, of Johnston, and Michael Salm, 37, of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, were taken into custody following the raid. Both men are facing a number of charges including possession and distribution of a controlled substance near a school, carrying a dangerous weapon during a crime of violence and conspiracy.

Police said additional arrests and charges were possible.