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Cocaine, Marijuana Plants and Cash Found at Home Where Man Was Shot

Police say the victim is in stable condition in the hospital.

Drugs may have been the focus of a conflict that led to a man being shot at his Smith Street Rear home late Sunday night. Attleboro police say they found illegal drugs, marijuana plants and more than $24,000 in cash at the home of shooting victim Michael Briggs. He is in stable condition at Rhode Island Hospital, police say. A search for the shooting suspects is ongoing, and police are following "several leads," according to a press release from the Attleboro department.

"During the preliminary investigation, officers located a large amount of marijuana as well as multiple marijuana plants in different stages of growth," the press release states. "A search warrant for the residence was sought at Attleboro District Court."

Regarding what was found after the warrant was acquired, the press release states, "Eighteen large marijuana plants approximately 3-4 feet tall were located along with eight seedlings. Investigators also located and seized more than $24,000 in cash, 54 grams of cocaine and oxycodone pills. Also seized were numerous large overhead lights used during the cultivation process as well as other items used for cultivating marijuana. A heavy duty exhaust fan was located in the basement which was apparently used to remove odor from the basement."

Police received a call at 10:47 p.m. about the shooting at 44 Smith St. Rear from a female who identified herself as Briggs' girlfriend, the press release states. He had been shot in the abdomen and was treated at the scene by Attleboro Fire Department paramedics, who transported him to the hospital. 

"Based upon the investigation thus far, the suspects were reported to be black males who fled the residence in a dark-colored, four-door sedan," the press release states. "The motive for the shooting remains unknown. However, it is believed to be somehow related to the narcotics discovered within the home."

Police will seek charges for the alleged narcotics violations.

ohreally February 19, 2013 at 12:36 AM
Well, suffice it to say these were not lawful gun owners that need more gun control laws to solve the gun problem, ay?
ohreally February 19, 2013 at 12:42 AM
...further, I'm betting, right about now, the neighbors are thinking twice about the right to defend themselves that is about to be abridged by the anti-constitutionalists....
Attleboro Concerned Citizen February 19, 2013 at 02:36 AM
Nice job patch. the whole world is reporting this shooting Sunday night. You folks reported is Friday night.... Another job of excelt fact checking or poor editing.
Jonathan Friedman (Editor) February 19, 2013 at 02:55 AM
Hi: Just as you did with your spelling of the word "excellent," we do occasionally make errors. Thank you for pointing out the one I made so that I could make the correction.
ohreally February 19, 2013 at 04:15 AM
Att. So what's your point? There are other ultimately more important issues to discuss than who reported what, when.
Malcolm Kyle February 19, 2013 at 10:16 AM
Prohibition has finally run its course: Our prisons are full, our economy is in ruins, the lives and livelihoods of tens of millions of Americans have been destroyed or severely disrupted. What was once a shining beacon of liberty and prosperity has become a toxic, repressive, smoldering heap of hypocrisy and a gross affront to fundamental human decency. If you sincerely believe that prohibition is a dangerous and counter-productive policy then you can stop helping to enforce it. You are entitled—required even—to act according to your conscience. * It only takes one juror to prevent a guilty verdict. * You are not lawfully required to disclose your voting intention before taking your seat on a jury. * You are also not required to give a reason to the other jurors on your position when voting. Simply state that you find the accused not guilty. * Jurors must understand that it is their opinion, their vote. If the Judge and the other jurors disapprove, too bad. There is no punishment for having a dissenting opinion. We must create what we can no longer afford to wait for and end the most destructive, dysfunctional, dishonest and racist social policy since Slavery. If you wish to replace prohibition with a more sensible system of regulation, PLEASE VOTE TO ACQUIT!
james vergow February 21, 2013 at 08:15 PM
No what us neighbors are thinking is that hopefully maybe now we can get rid of those idiots that live in our normally quiet neighborhood! We have been dealing with this for atleast four years now. It needs to stop!

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