PORTLAND — An Oxford man has pleaded guilty to growing marijuana in the White Mountain National Forest.

U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced Monday that Todd E. Clukey, 38, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge D. Brock Hornby in U.S. District Court to cultivating marijuana on federal property.

According to court records, between May 2010 and September 2010 Clukey grew marijuana in an unorganized portion of Oxford County.

Clukey was arrested Sept. 12 and charged with cultivating marijuana and unlawful trafficking in illegal drugs by the Oxford County Sheriff’s Department, and released on $1,500 unsecured bail from the Oxford County Jail.

Clukey planted the marijuana and visited the cultivation site on several occasions between May and September to tend to the plants. In an interview conducted after his arrest in September, Clukey admitted that he had also grown marijuana on national forest land the previous two years.

Clukey faces a maximum possible sentence of 5 years imprisonment, a $500,000 fine, or both on the charge to which he has pleaded guilty.

He remains released under the supervision of U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services pending sentencing.

The investigation that led to Monday’s plea was conducted by the U.S. Forest Service and the Oxford County Sheriff’s Office.


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