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Large marijuana plantation blown up in Parsonsfield

PARSONSFIELD – In a coordinated raid early this morning, Maine State Police, along with agents from the Office of Homeland Security Investigations, the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Maine Office of Cannabis Clearly (OCP), executed a search warrant at a residential complex suspected of illegally growing marijuana.

The raid took place at 8:45 a.m. on June 7 after the Parsonsfield community repeatedly raised concerns with city officials about a possible illegal grow operation at 424 Maplecrest Road.

These complaints were subsequently forwarded to the OCP and the Maine State Police, which triggered an investigation.

Authorities confirmed that illegal marijuana cultivation had been taking place on the property since March of last year.

The search found more than 2,500 marijuana plants, most of which were fully grown or in the bud stage.

The incident was found to be a violation of Maine state cannabis laws, which allow an adult to possess up to six mature marijuana plants for recreational use and an additional six plants for medicinal use.

Investigators on site also found that the building had unsafe living conditions, significant fire hazards and the use of harmful pesticides.

The elaborate structure included sophisticated lighting and hydroponic systems to support plant growth.

After the discovery, all marijuana plants were confiscated and subsequently destroyed.

So far, no arrests have been made in connection with the operation.

The investigation is ongoing and authorities are asking anyone with information to come forward and assist in the case.

Anna Harden

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