Thousands of illegal marijuana plants have been seized and properties raided in Somerset County

Thousands of illegal marijuana plants have been seized and properties raided in Somerset County

                It's been a busy week for the Somerset County Sheriff's Office.  Deputies say they arrested one person and seized hundreds of illegal marijuana plants and thousands of dollars in suspected illicit drug proceeds.  Sheriff Dale Lancaster says they executed three search warrants on homes in Norredwalk and Madison.  It's part of a broad effort to crack down on illegal marijuana farms that have been discovered across the state over the past few months.  The first of the recent raids took place on a house on Perkins Street in Norredwalk on March 18.  Neither the New York-based homeowner nor anyone else was present when deputies seized more than 350 marijuana plants.  Officials also found two pounds of manufactured marijuana, unspecified illicit drug paraphernalia and related documents.  One week later, on March 25, deputies executed search warrants on two homes owned by 29-year-old Jiamin Liao.  A Thurston Hill Road home in Madison led to the discovery of more than 550 mature marijuana plants.  At a home on Upper Main Street in Norridgewock, more than 30 pounds of manufactured marijuana, more than $39,000 in cash and a 2022 Toyota SUV were seized. Officials say they found illicit drug paraphernalia and documents at all properties searched on the 18th. And March 25.  Liao posted $10,000 cash bail on March 25 and is expected to appear in Somerset County Unified Criminal Court on July 3.  Investigators say more charges are possible against Liao and others as their work continues.  In total, searches in Norredwalk, Skowhegan, Mercer and Madison conducted by Somerset County officials resulted in the seizure of more than 12,000 plants, more than 200 pounds of processed marijuana, more than $46,000 in suspected illicit drug proceeds, and three vehicles.  Following these inspections over the past few months, eight people, including Liao, were charged with marijuana cultivation and illegal trafficking of scheduled drugs.  Officials with the Maine Office of Cannabis Policy, the federal Drug Enforcement Agency, and Border Patrol continue to assist with these and other investigations.
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                                                            <p>It's been a busy week for the Somerset County Sheriff's Office.  Deputies say they arrested one person and seized hundreds of illegal marijuana plants and thousands of dollars in suspected illicit drug proceeds. 

Sheriff Dale Lancaster says they executed three search warrants on homes in Norredwalk and Madison.

It’s part of a broader effort to crack down on illegal marijuana farms that have been discovered across the state over the past few months.

The first of the recent raids took place on a house on Perkins Street in Norredwalk on 18 March. Neither the New York-based homeowner nor anyone else was present when deputies seized more than 350 marijuana plants. Officials also found two pounds of manufactured marijuana, unspecified illicit drug paraphernalia and related documents.

One week later, on March 25, deputies executed search warrants on two homes owned by 29-year-old Jiamin Liao. A Thurston Hill Road home in Madison led to the discovery of more than 550 mature marijuana plants.

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At a home on Upper Main Street in Norridgewock, more than 30 pounds of processed marijuana, more than $39,000 in cash and a 2022 Toyota SUV were seized.

Officials say they found illicit drug paraphernalia and documents at all properties searched on March 18 and 25.

Liao posted a $10,000 cash bond on March 25 and is expected to appear in Somerset County Unified Criminal Court on July 3. Investigators say more charges could be brought against Liao and others as their work continues.

A large number of illegal marijuana raids over the past two months in Somerset County

In total, searches in Norredwalk, Skowhegan, Mercer and Madison conducted by Somerset County officials resulted in the seizure of more than 12,000 plants, more than 200 pounds of processed marijuana, more than $46,000 in suspected illicit drug proceeds, and three vehicles.

Following these inspections over the past few months, eight people, including Liao, were charged with marijuana cultivation and illegal trafficking of scheduled drugs.

Officials with the Maine Office of Cannabis Policy, the federal Drug Enforcement Agency, and Border Patrol continue to assist with these and other investigations.

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