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Nearly 2,000 pot plants seized in latest Maine bust

Officials believe there are still around 100 illegal marijuana grow operations active in Maine.

Police say they seized more than 1,900 live marijuana plants from a home in Freedom Monday morning, the latest major growing operation busted in the state in recent months.Members of the Maine State Police Tactical Team and Waldo County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at 555 Belfast Road after an investigation identified there was an illegal marijuana growing operation there.During the investigation, the sheriff’s office also worked with Homeland Security, the Drug Enforcement Agency, the State Office of Cannabis Policy and the town of Freedom.Police said they dismantled the growing operation but did not announce any arrests.This comes just three days after police seized more than 1,200 marijuana plants from a grow operation in Harmony. The Somerset County Sheriff’s Office has already executed 15 search warrants at illegal grow facilities since late January 2024. They’ve seized 18,000 marijuana plants and 400 pounds of processed cannabis, leading to the arrest of eight people who are now charged with felony drug trafficking and marijuana cultivation.In early May, U.S. District Attorney for the District of Maine, Darcie McElwee, said more than 40 large-scale illegal marijuana grow operations in Maine had already been shut down in Maine in recent months. She said at the time, it was believed there were approximately 100 illegal marijuana growing operations actively in operation in Maine.At the time, McElwee said there was no evidence of any illegal U.S. border crossings into Maine by anyone connected to the illegal grows. That included an investigation into three Chinese nationals who were recently arrested at a border crossing in northern Maine. McElwee said the investigation found no connection to illegal marijuana grows.

Police say they seized more than 1,900 live marijuana plants from a home in Freedom Monday morning, the latest major growing operation busted in the state in recent months.

Members of the Maine State Police Tactical Team and Waldo County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at 555 Belfast Road after an investigation identified there was an illegal marijuana growing operation there.

During the investigation, the sheriff’s office also worked with Homeland Security, the Drug Enforcement Agency, the State Office of Cannabis Policy and the town of Freedom.

Police said they dismantled the growing operation but did not announce any arrests.

This comes just three days after police seized more than 1,200 marijuana plants from a grow operation in Harmony.

The Somerset County Sheriff’s Office has already executed 15 search warrants at illegal grow facilities since late January 2024. They’ve seized 18,000 marijuana plants and 400 pounds of processed cannabis, leading to the arrest of eight people who are now charged with felony drug trafficking and marijuana cultivation.

In early May, U.S. District Attorney for the District of Maine, Darcie McElwee, said more than 40 large-scale illegal marijuana grow operations in Maine had already been shut down in Maine in recent months. She said at the time, it was believed there were approximately 100 illegal marijuana growing operations actively in operation in Maine.

At the time, McElwee said there was no evidence of any illegal U.S. border crossings into Maine by anyone connected to the illegal grows. That included an investigation into three Chinese nationals who were recently arrested at a border crossing in northern Maine. McElwee said the investigation found no connection to illegal marijuana grows.

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