Police officers who went to the house of a Belfast man April 15 to investigate a prior complaint reportedly discovered something unrelated to the original issue — more than 70 marijuana plants in various parts of the house.

Detective Merl Reed of the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office and Detective Bryan Cunningham of the Belfast Police Department summoned Jeffrey J. Green, 49, of Belfast for possession of a usable amount of marijuana and for marijuana cultivation. Police found 63 plants in a cubby at the top of the stairs, seven in Green’s cellar and three behind the house.

Cunningham said Green was very cooperative. After giving officers permission to search his house in connection with the earlier complaint, and their subsequent discovery of some of the plants, Green reportedly told officers where they could locate additional plants. That assistance brought the total number of plants found to 73.

Police had originally gone to Green’s house to speak with him about a previous theft complaint that they had recently received some new information about. It was not until after summoning Green on the marijuana charges that police discovered the original theft complaint, which dated back to 2000, could not have been pursued anyway because the statute of limitations had expired.