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Sheriff's department seizes 486 marijuana plants

Article from The Piscataquis Observer, Vol. 164, No. 37, September 11, 2002

By Scott Mitchell Johnson
Special to the Observer

Observer Photo/Scott Mitchell Johnson
PISCATAQUIS POT - The Piscataquis County Sheriff's Department found 486 marijuana plants last Thursday in locations in Atkinson and Omeville. Investigator Mike Gould looks over the seized plants - some of them standing over 9 feet tall- before having them sent away to be eradicated.

The Piscataquis County Sheriff's Department seized 486 marijuana plants from two local communities last Thursday.

According to Lt. Bob Young, both a ground and air search were conducted to help locate the illegal drug.

"We had a crew that was working over in the Atkinson-Orneville area, and they pulled in some very good quality marijuana," said Young. "Some of it was 9 feet tall."

The marijuana plants weren't all located in the same spot, but were instead found in several different areas.

"A lot of it was in a swamp area, and a lot was found in a cleared-out wooded area," said Young.

"We weren't able to tie it to any particular person," he said, noting that the crop carried a market value of at least $500,000. "Marijuana growers are kind of unique a lot times in that they harvest them a little bit differently. We know the marijuana doesn't belong to the same person - there are several different people involved in this recent seizure."

Young said members of the Maine National Guard provided a helicopter and aided the sheriff's department in the search.

The case remains under investigation, and no arrests have been made.

Since Memorial Day weekend, officials have eradicated 2,025 marijuana plants in Piscataquis County.

If anyone has information about other illegal drugs, they are asked to call the department at 564-3304.

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