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

May 24, 2012

R.I. Medical Marijuana Caregiver Sentenced to Federal Prison for Cultivating 183 Marijuana Plants

PROVIDENCE, R.I.  – Erik F. Johansson, 49, of West Warwick, a registered caregiver under Rhode Island’s Medical Marijuana program administered by the Rhode Island Department of Health, was sentenced today to 18 months in federal prison for cultivating more than 100 marijuana plants, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha and West Warwick Police Chief Colonel Richard G. Silva.

U.S. District Court Chief Judge Mary M. Lisi also ordered Johansson, upon release from prison, to serve four years of supervised release and to undergo 72 drug screening tests per year.

Johansson was arrested in September 2010 when West Warwick Police executed a court authorized search warrant at his residence, a former house of worship, and discovered 183 marijuana plants in various stages of growth. Johansson pled guilty in federal court on March 2, 2012, to one count of manufacturing one hundred or more marijuana plants.

According to court records and information presented to the court, police officers seized 183 marijuana plants of varying sizes in pots and trays located in several “grow” rooms, and numerous items and supplies used in the cultivation of marijuana. Officers also discovered an extensive duct system in the grow rooms which delivered heat and/or carbon dioxide to the plants.    

During the search of the defendant’s residence, officers also discovered identification cards which indicated that Erik Johansson was registered in 2009 and 2010 as a caregiver under Rhode Island’s Medical Marijuana Act.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kenneth P. Madden and Richard B. Myrus.

The matter was investigated by the West Warwick Police Department with the assistance of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. An agent from the Drug Enforcement Administration assisted in the preparation of this case.

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