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Drugs found in Brownville

Article from The Piscataquis Observer, Vol. 164, No. 25, June 19, 2002

By Sarah MacIlroy
Staff Writer

BROWNVILLE A record amount of drugs were seized and two southern Maine men were arrested last week, culminating a month-long investigation by the Piscataquis County Sheriff's Department.

According to Investigator Guy Dow, 28-year-old Alton Sherman of Richmond and 25-year-old Richard Rodrigue II of Farmingdale were arrested after investigators discovered about 80 marijuana plants the pair had been growing in a remote
area off Route 11.

And when officers raided the Schoodic Lake camp the men had been renting they found over 450 more plants that were being cultivated with help from a large amount of growing equipment, including fans to vent the plant odor, specialized lights and more.

"At the camp search, we caught the two people," said Dow. "There they had two rooms, with about 260 plants in (one room) and in the kitchen area, about 225 plants."

Dow explained that while the Route 11 site had been under surveillance, a suspect in a 1981 Volkswagen truck had visited the growing plants, allowing them to link the plants with men arrested at Knight's Landing.

In addition to the 570 marijuana plants, over 180 bales of potting soil, weapons, an ATV and two vehicles were confiscated.

The sheriff's department was assisted in their investigation by Milo and Brownville police departments, the Maine Warden Service and the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.

Dow said the officer's job would have been tougher if they hadn't caught the suspects while the majority of their plants were inside.

It's very difficult to catch them in the act when the plants are dispersed out into the woods," Dow said.

The suspects are being charged with marijuana cultivation, a class B crime that carries maximum penalties of up to 10 years in prison.

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