WEST PARIS — A local man faces charges of growing marijuana after police found more than 240 plants growing in the basement of his home on Route 219 last week.

Joshua L. Adams, 34, was arrested after returning home Jan. 5 to find Oxford County deputies and Norway officers in his yard, Sheriff’s Department Cpl. Chancey Libby said Tuesday.

The corporal said he was called to the house by Norway police, who were there with a search warrant to look for a snowmobile. Norway officers said they smelled a strong odor of marijuana and called for the Sheriff’s Department to send deputies, he said.

Police found 61 adult female plants and 180 juvenile plants in the basement, along with two 5-gallon buckets containing a total of 2.5 pounds of processed pot, Libby said. Police said the street value of the marijuana was estimated at between $20,000 and $30,000.

Adams, who arrived at the house with his parents, was arrested on charges of cultivating marijuana and violating bail conditions. He was booked at the Oxford County Jail in Paris.

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