PARIS — Police said charges could be pending after they seized about half-a-million dollars worth of marijuana from two homes in an apparent case of medical marijuana abuse. 

Paris police Chief Michael Madden said 18 pounds of marijuana and 173 adult plants were taken from two Kings Hill residences Friday. A person at one of the homes was licensed to grow medical marijuana but had more than the 24 plants allowed. 

“This activity was clearly in violation of the Department of Health and Human Services-issued licenses that the homeowners and workers possessed,” Madden said in a news release Monday. 

The identities of the people involved have not been released, and no arrests have been made. Madden said police have been investigating for the past six months after neighbors complained.

The raid was conducted with the assistance of Norway and Oxford police departments. 

“This is only the top of the iceberg. I realize marijuana laws and restrictions are changing in this country, but this is an example of some of the illegal activity that is occurring hiding behind the existence of some of the restrictive licenses that have been issued,” Madden said. 

Police were not available to comment further Monday afternoon. 

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