PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- A former captain of the Providence College basketball team faces
felony drug charges for alleged running a large-scale marijuana growing
operation, police said.
Police searched three Providence, R.I., apartment buildings owned by
Corey Wright, 37, and seized 85 grams of marijuana and $37,000 in cash
from one of the properties where Wright was living on the first floor,
The Providence Journal reported Tuesday.
At his arraignment Wright's defense lawyer argued Wright should be
released on bail because he is a patient in the state's medical
Under state law, a patient is allowed to have up to 2 1/2 ounces -- about 72 grams -- in his or her possession.
Inspector Jay Andrews, a police prosecutor, alleged Wright was
running a significant "grow operation" and should be held without bail.
Defense attorney Scott A. Lutes pointed out that Wright has a license to grow and use marijuana.
"It may very well turn out that he did nothing wrong," he said.
Judge Colleen Hastings ordered Wright held pending a hearing on May 27.
Wright, who grew up in New York City, was a guard and tri-captain for the Providence College Friars in the late 1990s.