Cops seize 31 marijuana plants from Belfast woods

By Ben Holbrook | Sep 27, 2012
Belfast Police pulled 31 marijuana plants from the woods near Seaside Heights Thursday, Sept. 27.

Belfast — Belfast police pulled 31 marijuana plants out of the woods near Seaside Heights Thursday, Sept. 27.

Detective Sgt. Bryan Cunningham said this time of year marks the harvest season because with colder weather approaching, growers want to make sure a frost doesn’t kill the plants. Cunningham declined to comment on how officers learned of the plants’ location and said he was unsure of the value of the marijuana.

“We just went in and harvested them,” Cunningham said. “I think we got them all.”

Drug activity is not uncommon in the area around Seaside Heights, Cunningham noted.

No charges are expected to be filed, Cunningham said.

In addition to plants being seized in Belfast, police in Waldo County reported several recent marijuana-related incidents.

Four members of a Monroe family were charged in connection with a Nov. 15, 2011 raid that resulted in the seizure of  $800,000 worth of marijuana plants. The family members were indicted by a federal grand jury Friday, Sept. 14 on drug and firearms charges.

Two Searsport men were charged Sept. 12 for cultivating marijuana after officers searched a residence on Back Searsport Road. Two mature marijuana plants and several bags of prepared marijuana were seized at the time of the search, according to previously published reports.

A 21-year-old Unity man was arrested after failing to pay fines for cultivating marijuana Sept. 13.

Tanya Mitchell contributed reporting to this story.

Republican Journal reporter Ben Holbrook can be reached at 338-3333 or at bholbrook@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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