Contact: Major Todd Catlow, Detective Commander, Rhode Island State Police Headquarters, 401-444-1005
Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell, Superintendent, of the Rhode Island State Police and Commissioner of Public Safety, announces the arrest of a Johnston man on firearms and marijuana distribution charges by members of the Rhode Island State Police Computer Crimes Unit/Rhode Island Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force and High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force.
Vincent D'Errico, age 54, of 6 Fox Meadow Road, Johnston, Rhode Island, was arrested and charged with:
• Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Deliver,
• Possession of a Firearm While Committing a Controlled Substance Violation, and;
• Possession of a Firearm While Committing a Crime of Violence
The arrest was the result of an undercover investigative operation initiated by ICAC members to identify subjects involved in sharing images of child pornography on the Internet. The Internet connection within the residence located at 6 Fox Meadow Road, Johnston, Rhode Island was identified as being used to download images of child pornography. A court-authorized search warrant was executed at the residence and numerous pieces of digital media were analyzed and seized. The investigation into the possession of child pornography is ongoing and the digital media seized will be forensically analyzed.
During the execution of the court-authorized search warrant, a sophisticated indoor marijuana growing operation was identified at the residence. Mr. D'Errico identified himself as a medical marijuana patient cardholder but was found to be in possession of amounts that exceed his medicinal allotment as well as numerous firearms. As a result, the following was seized:
• Twenty-five (25) mature marijuana plants,
• Nine (9) ounces of usable marijuana,
• Digital Scale and Marijuana packaging equipment,
• Fifteen assorted firearms to include three (3) handguns, ten (10) rifles and two (2) shotguns,
• Assorted digital media, and
• $16,200.00 in United States currency
The Edward O. Hawkins and Thomas C. Slater Medical Marijuana Act limits the amount of marijuana that a qualifying patient who has in his or her possession a registry identification card may possess twelve (12) mature marijuana plants and two and one-half (2.5) ounces of usable marijuana.
Mr. D'Errico was arrested and arraigned before the Honorable Associate Judge William Clifton in Third Division District Court. He was ordered held without bail at the Adult Correctional Institution until a bail review at the District Court on May 29, 2014. The Rhode Island Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force actively engages in investigative efforts to identify subjects involved in child exploitation-related activities. The Rhode Island ICAC Task Force Program is administered by the Rhode Island State Police and supports a national network of multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional task forces engaged in investigations, forensic examinations, and prosecutions related to Internet crimes against children and technology-facilitated child sexual exploitation. The Rhode Island ICAC Task Force is comprised of members of the Rhode Island State Police Computer Crimes Unit along with detectives from the Coventry Police Department, Warwick Police Department, Pawtucket Police Department, Jamestown Police Department, Woonsocket Police Department, North Kingstown Police Department; Portsmouth Police Department, Bristol Police Department, South Kingstown Police Department and special agents from Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and United States Postal Inspection Services (USPIS)
The HIDTA Task Force is managed by the Rhode Island State Police and comprised of members from Providence Police, Pawtucket Police, Johnston Police, Smithfield Police, Central Falls Police, North Providence Police, United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and the Rhode Island National Guard. This investigation owes its success to the outstanding interagency cooperation amongst all it's participants as well as the hard work and dedication of the task force members.