SOUTH KINGSTOWN — On Monday, January 30 at 9:11 p.m., David D. Walmsley, 23, of 159 Alder Road, was arrested by South Kingstown Police on nine felony counts, including possession/manufacturing of marijuana and possession of Schedule II-IV drugs.
Probation/Parole Officers Greg Williams and Laura Bard responded to 159 Alder Road to check in on another probationer when they observed a bright yellow light coming from the basement window. Upon further inspection, Officers Williams and Bard saw several potted marijuana plants, and called SKPD.
Patrolman Shawn Clarke was dispatched to the scene and made contact with Walmsley, who stated that he lived alone at the residence. Walmsley voluntarily showed officers nine marijuana plants, approximately two feet in height, and other growing paraphernalia in the basement.
“Walmsley indicated that the marijuana grown was his father’s and showed the officers a photocopied marijuana patient card issued from the Rhode Island Department of Health,” read Detective-Sergeant Joel J. Ewing-Chow’s report. “Detective [Raymond] Lamont advised him to get in touch with his father, but Walmsley was unsuccessful.”
Clarke and Detectives Lamont and Douglas O’Brien placed Walmsley into custody and transported him to SKPD. At 8:30 p.m., a search warrant was authored and approved by Judge McLoughlin.
Officers returned to 159 Alder Road and seized the marijuana plants, over 4.5 lbs. of packaged marijuana, $7,300 worth in cash, and a number of non-prescribed medications. A 9mm handgun, a .22 cal rifle with a 100 round drum magazine, and other marijuana-growing materials were also seized, along with a laptop computer and other electronics.
“We deal with drug issues within our community, but in terms of the last couple of years, this might be one of the more significant seizures,” said Ewing-Chow.
The .22 cal rifle was reported stolen in June 2009 from Fulton County, New York. All of the seized items are being held by SKPD pending forfeiture proceedings.
“The rifle had a modified stock which was encased,” said Ewing-Chow. “In order to get to the serial number, I had to take that apart. We checked the database, and it was confirmed as still stolen. We obtained a copy of the report from New York State Police.’
Walmsley, who has had a number of felony and misdemeanor charges out of SKPD disposed in the past, was arraigned on Tuesday and is currently being held on $35,000 bail with surety and on probation violations.
He was arraigned on one felony count of possession of marijuana, one count on manufacture/possession of marijuana, two counts on possession of a dangerous weapon, four counts of possession of a Schedule IV drug, and one count of possession of a Schedule II drug.
“This was heads-up work by probation and parole, said Ewing-Chow. “If they hadn't had noticed [the marijuana], we wouldn’t have had the investigation to begin with in the first place. We work very closely with them all the time to track probationers and use them as a source of information frequently, although they are not considered law enforcement, which is why they backed away.”
“All the officers, I give those guys a lot of credit,” he added. “We are glad to have positive outcomes like this and get weapons off of the streets so they don’t hurt anybody. Even though we are little, old South Kingstown, we still have these issues to confront.”
SKPD’s investigation is at this time officially closed.