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U.S. Department of Justice
Peter F. Neronha
United States Attorney
District of Rhode Island

May 11, 2011


PROVIDENCE, R.I.  – A federal grand jury in Providence on Wednesday indicted a West Warwick, R.I., man on charges of conspiracy and cultivating more than 100 marijuana plants, it was announced by United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha.

            Erik Johansson, 48, was arrested in September 2010 when West Warwick Police executed a search warrant at the defendant’s residence, a former house of worship, and discovered 183 marijuana plants in various stages of growth.

According to court documents, during a search of the first and second levels of the premises, police officers seized 183 marijuana plants of varying sizes in pots and trays located in several first level “grow” rooms, over two pounds of loose marijuana, $565 in United States currency, and numerous other items and supplies used in the cultivation of marijuana. Officers also discovered an extensive duct system in the grow rooms to deliver heat and/or carbon dioxide to the plants.    

In addition, according to court documents, officers found cards on the premises indicating that Erik Johansson was registered as a care giver under Rhode Island’s Medical Marijuana program administered by the Rhode Island Department of Health. Johansson had two cards which contained his photograph, one of which was issued in 2009 and the other in 2010.

Johansson, who is currently free on $30,000 unsecured bond, if convicted, faces maximum penalties of 5-40 years in federal prison, 4 years to life supervised release and a $5,000,000 fine on each charge.

An indictment is merely an allegation and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.



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