Newport Police Uncover Marijuana Grow House

The following is based on reports from the Newport Police Department. An arrest does not indicate a conviction.


A Newport man was arrested after police more than 20 marijuana plants in his home.

Antonio B. Carson Sr., 50, of 20 Chapel St., Newport, was arrested around 11:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 27, for a drug manufacturing charge.

According to reports, police found more than 25 marijuana plants growing in Carson’s basement.

Police were at Carson’s home to investigate the whereabouts of his daughter, who had been missing since the afternoon. She was later found at her cousin’s house.

When police asked to look in the basement to search for her, Carson said he did not have a basement. He also said the door leading to the basement was a closet. 

Once police went into the basement, they found a grow operation and seized the plants, fertilizer, and lights.  

Carson reportedly said he had a medical marijuana card allowing him to grow plants because he had glaucoma, but not a growing card. However, he never produced a card to police. 

During a search of his home, police found and seized approximately 170 grams of marijuana, valued at more than $1,000.

The above reports detail arrests made by the Newport Police Department. Descriptions of all events are based solely on police officer reports provided to Patch. 

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Malcolm Kyle November 29, 2012 at 11:59 AM
When we regulate something we do NOT automatically condone it's use; the regulations concerning alcohol and tobacco are there to protect us from the vast increase in criminality that would otherwise exist if these substances were prohibited. A regulated and licensed distribution network for all mind altering substances would put responsible adult supervision in between children and premature access to drug distribution outlets (illegal street dealers). Regulated and licensed distribution would reflect and respect society's values, thus preventing children obtaining easy access to these dangerous substances. What we need is legalized regulation. What we have now, due to prohibition, is a non-regulated black market to which everybody has access and where all the profits go to organized crime and terrorists. If you support prohibition then you support bank-rolling criminals and terrorists. There's simply no other logical way of looking at it. It is now the duty of every last one of us to insure that the people who are responsible for this shameful situation are not simply left in peace to enjoy the wealth and status that their despicable actions have, until now, afforded them. Former and present Prohibitionists must not be allowed to remain untainted and untouched from the unconscionable acts that they have viciously committed on their fellow citizens.


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