Rumford police confiscate 106 pot plants

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RUMFORD — Police seized 106 marijuana plants from a Wheeler Street home Sunday afternoon, but have not filed any charges as the investigation continues, police Capt. Daniel Garbarini said Monday.

“This was a rather advanced indoor cultivation operation, which included an 8-foot-long adjustable track lighting system, localized climate control, an intricate ventilation system,” a system to minimize electrical usage and a  CO2 generator, which facilitates higher yields), he said.

Police discovered the operation when Oxford County Sheriff’s Capt. Hart Daley went to the house at 1:08 p.m. Sunday on a separate investigation and smelled something suspicious when he knocked at the door, Garbarini said.

At that same time, the occupant of the house drove up and was immediately questioned by Daley and Rumford police acting Cpl. Donald Miller.

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Garbarini said officers seized 106 marijuana plants ranging in height from 6 inches to 3 feet tall, along with a significant amount of sophisticated indoor cultivation equipment.

The estimated value of the marijuana plants was $7,500; the value of the cultivation equipment $3,000, Garbarini said.

“The suspect was cooperative and he was not summoned immediately but the investigation is ongoing,” Garbarini said.

“This is the third major home-grown pot bust of the year, the captain said. “Our focus now turns to the outdoors with the weather warming.”

                                              dfayen@sunjournal.com

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