MEXICO — The Mexico Police Department was commended by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency for its part in helping to eradicate more than 2,300 marijuana plants in Oxford and Franklin counties during 2010.

The letter, written by MDEA Director Roy E. McKinney, to Chief James Theriault and read at the Mexico selectmen’s meeting Tuesday night was particularly appreciative of the two all-terrain vehicles, trailer and full-size pickup truck that the Mexico Police Department was able to use during the eradication efforts.

Theriault said Wednesday that funds for the ATVs and trailer came from Maine Heritage Foundation and federal grants.

He said he, Sgt. Roy Hodsdon and officer Dan Carrier were responsible for eliminating more than 300 plants.

“We’re pleased to be recognized,” he said.

In addition to seeking out and destroying marijuana plants, Theriault and Hodsdon were commended for attending specialized ground team leader training.

McKinney singled out Hodsdon for his efforts that earned respect and confidence by the team for getting team members in and out of the woods safely.

Selectmen motioned to place letters of commendation in the personnel files of Theriault and Hodsdon.

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