2 men arrested after 1,500 pot plants seized at 2 Providence locations

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PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island — Two people have been arrested in connection with what federal authorities call a large-scale indoor marijuana growing operation in Providence.

The FBI executed multiple search warrants on Wednesday at a converted mill building on Branch Avenue and found about 1,400 marijuana plants growing inside numerous vacant apartments and offices. Authorities also found another 100 plants in a Valley Street home.

The FBI also sized a gun and about $14,000 in cash.

Authorities arrested 35-year-old Richard Yang and 69-year-old William Ricci. Yank faces drug charges and Ricci faces a gun charge.

Both men were released after an initial court appearance on Thursday.

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