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RHODE ISLAND MARIJUANA CASE: After fire, S. Kingstown man charged with growing pot

Posted by Matthew Marin | May 21, 2011 | 0 Comments

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By Katherine Gregg

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. - - A report of a house fire resulted in the arrest of a resident, charged with a felony of cultivating marijuana and being in possession of a firearm while committing a crime of violence, namely the marijuana cultivation, said Capt. Jeffrey Allen of the South Kingstown Police Department.

A little after 2 p.m. Wednesday, the South Kingstown Fire Department responded to a report of a fire at 29 Harrison Ave.

"There was a small fire," Allen said.

But while extinguishing the fire, firefighters saw marijuana growing inside and outside the house.

The resident, Kevin Leaf, 53, was arrested and charged with growing marijuana and also possessing a firearm.

"He consented to allow the police to come in and search the residence," Allen said.

Police officers found 18 marijuana plants growing inside the house, Allen said, and 6 growing outside the house.

"He did indicate he was in the process of obtaining a medical marijuana card," Allen said. "However, he has not received that at this time."

Leaf is to be arraigned Thursday in District Court in South Kingstown.

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