248 Pot Plants, $312,000 Seized in Massive Drug Bust

A man from Danielson and two from Putnam are facing charges after a massive drug bust turned up 248 marijuana plants, more than 46 pounds of processed marijuana and $312,678 cash in Connecticut and Rhode Island.

The Rhode Island State Police High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force launched an investigation in January after learning that a drug dealer known as “J” had been growing and selling a large amount of marijuana in Rhode Island and Connecticut.

“J” was later identified as 32-year-old Jeremy Corrao, of Danielson. He was arrested after police searched six Rhode Island locations and 613 Providence Pike in Danielson.

Police said five pounds of marijuana and $293,000 were seized from the home in Danielson.

Police said Corrao co-owned a growing operation in Glocester, R.I., with 29-year-old Ross Vance, of Woodstock. Vance has a criminal record in Connecticut and Massachusetts and is currently on supervised release, according to police.

Two Putnam residents, 32-year-old Timothy Warner and 29-year-old Christopher Goyette, were also arrested, accused of trying to smuggle 16 pounds of marijuana out of a home in Scituate, R.I. while police searched the area.

Corrao was charged with possession of more than 5 kg marijuana, conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance and possession with intent to sell. He was arraigned Feb. 10 and was held on bond pending a bail hearing.

Warner and Goyette were charged with conspiracy to violate the Controlled Substance Act. Goyette was also charged with possession with intent to sell. Both appeared in court Feb. 10 and were released after posting $5,000 bond.

Connecticut State Police expect to make additional arrests.

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