U.S. Department of Justice
Peter F. Neronha
United States Attorney
District of Rhode Island
October 4, 2011
PROVIDENCE MAN SENTENCED T0 12 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR
GROWING MARIJUANA, FIREARM CHARGE
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A Providence man was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Providence to 144 months in federal prison for manufacturing marijuana plants and for being in possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking announced U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha.
Jason Collymore, 30, was also sentenced by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Mary M. Lisi to serve 5 years supervised release. Collymore pleaded guilty on June 21, 2011.
According to information presented to the Court, on November 3, 2009, Providence Police responded to a complaint of a disturbance, person with a gun. An officer approached Collymore’s apartment building and in response to police knocking, Collymore opened the door and attempted to flee but was quickly apprehended and arrested by police in the doorway of his apartment. Police secured the apartment after they saw a gun just inside of the open door.
After obtaining a search warrant, Providence Police searched Collymore’s residence and seized three firearms, two of them loaded; a marijuana grow operation including four large and five small marijuana plants in various stages of growth, and various items used to cultivate marijuana; more than 80 oxycodone pills; 15 grams of cocaine and a scale with cocaine residue; and $1,298 in cash.
Collymore has been detained since his arrest.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Sandra R. Hebert and Richard B. Myrus. The matter was investigated by the Providence Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.