400-plus pot plants uprooted in county


FARMINGTON – Law enforcement agents eradicated 449 marijuana plants in several plots Wednesday and Thursday in the Farmington and Kingfield areas, Franklin County Sheriff Lt. Niles Yeaton said.

The plants were about 4 feet to 6 feet tall and if they had reached maturity, which would be in about a month to a month-and-a-half, they would have probably had a conservative street value of about $450,000, he said.

It’s not the height that determines if pot plants are mature, he said, it’s the density.

Franklin County Sheriff’s deputies worked with Maine Drug Enforcement Agency agents and Farmington police in the eradication mission, which will continue throughout the summer.

A military helicopter and pilot is helping to transport the spotters looking for the crop.

The investigation is continuing and no charges are pending at this time, Yeaton said.