Man charged after bail check turns up pot plants


LIBSON — A Lisbon Falls man was arrested on drug charges this week after a bail-condition check at his home.

Steven Case, 21, of 77 Summer St., had been released from Androscoggin Superior Court with bail conditions after a July arrest in Turner on charges of attempted and unlawful trafficking in drugs, trafficking in dangerous knifes and criminal forfeiture of money.

While conducting a bail check at Case’s residence, Lisbon police officers Jeffrey Williams and reserve officer Mark Caron discovered more than 30 marijuana plants in various stages of growth — some as tall as 6 feet.

Hydroponic devices used to grow the marijuana were seized along with the plants. Also seized was a loaded sawed-off, 12-gauge shotgun.

Case was charged with cultivation of marijuana within 1,000 feet of a Lisbon school zone and violating a conditional release.

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has been notified because it has jurisdiction over the altered shotgun. Case is currently free on $25,000 surety bail and is to appear in Androscoggin County Superior Court on Feb. 2.

Detective Bernard McAllister is conducting a follow-up investigation, police Chief David Brooks said.