DIXFIELD – Police and drug enforcement officials are waiting for the results of lab tests on 82 plants found in a Valley Road home last Friday before bringing charges against the occupants.

Police Chief Richard Pickett said a search of the home occupied by Autumn Richards, 27, and Travis Jordan, 28, resulted in the confiscation of the plants, which police believe to be marijuana.

Pickett said no arrests were made because police weren’t sure if Richards and Jordan had allegedly committed a felony or a misdemeanor.

Gerry Baril, supervising special agent for the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency for Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford counties, collected the plants Monday. They were taken to a lab.

Baril said any charges that are filed – a misdemeanor or a felony – depends on the amount of usable marijuana pulled from the plants.

No action was taken against the couple when the plants were confiscated because they’re not believed to be a flight risk, and they were cooperative, Pickett said.

Earlier in the day, Richards was issued civil summonses charging possession of a usable amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, which were found in her vehicle parked in the Jay Middle School parking lot. She is a cafeteria worker at the school.

During the discussion following the summons, Richards told the investigating officer that she had an indoor growing operation at her home, Pickett said.

In other Dixfield police matters, a 1999 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by James E. Richmond, 65, of Main Street, Mexico, sustained $8,000 in damage at 2:30 a.m., Oct. 13, when Richmond apparently fell asleep and sideswiped a bridge on Route 2, police said.


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