Large scale marijuana operation uncovered in Johnston


On August 22, 2017 at approximately 5:00 pm members of the Johnston Police executed a high risk search warrant at 4 & 6 Dante Avenue.

According to a press release from Deputy Chief Joseph Razza, police acted on credible and reliable information, and Detectives had reason to believe that a sizable and sophisticated illegal marijuana growing operation was taking place within close proximity of an elementary school.

Seized at the conclusion of the search warrant were numerous firearms and a distribution amount of cocaine and marijuana. Subsequently taken into custody were Arron L. Leiter 29 years of age who resides at 4 Dante Avenue, Johnston, Rhode Island. Also taken into custody at that time was Michael A. Salm 37 years of age and last known address of 196 Bender Road, Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Leiter and Salm are being charged with Possession and Distribution of a Controlled Substance near a School, Carrying a Dangerous Weapon during a Crime of Violence, and Conspiracy. Additional arrests and charges are pending.

This was a lengthy investigation and collaborative effort between members of the Johnston and Glocester Police departments.


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