Thousands of marijuana plants were seized from Turner's home

Thousands of marijuana plants were seized from Turner's home

                The Androscoggin County Sheriff's Office is now the latest department to investigate a large-scale unlicensed marijuana growing operation.  First responders were called to 2509 Auburn Road in Turner at about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, after customers at Bear Pond Variety and Diner on Route 4 noticed smoke pouring from the eaves of a farm across the street.  Turner firefighters and an Androscoggin County sheriff's deputy kicked down the door and discovered the smoke was actually vapor.  The heat was reportedly caused by "a large amount of marijuana plants growing inside the residence."  “It was very hot inside the building and cold outside — it turned to steam,” said Nick Merry, Turner's interim fire chief.  The Sheriff's Office was able to obtain a search warrant for the home after seeing propane heaters, chemical fertilizers, dehumidifiers, grow lights and what they estimated was 500 marijuana plants.  Diners said the odd placement of propane lines and giant electricity meters outside should have been a clear sign something was up.  “Three months ago, I told them there was pot there,” Butch Gammon said.  "I said come outside and tell me there's no bowl there. The wind coming from this direction - it'll knock you down," Gammon said.  The acting fire chief said the situation inside the home was like a time bomb.  "A lot of things could have happened," Merry said. "There was a lot of heat, a lot of electricity going through there. "A lot of propane going through there." Officials say the Maine Office of Cannabis Policy sent an investigator to the scene. The investigator decided not to “The operations pose threats to the work that the Office of Cannabis Policy does, to the livelihood and financial well-being of our licensed and compliant businesses, and to customers and patients in Maine,” said Alexis Soucy, spokesperson for the Office of Cannabis Policy search warrant, deputies reportedly confiscated approximately 2,500 marijuana plants and according to the Turner Township database, the home is owned by Liming Yu of Quincy, Massachusetts and over the past few weeks, there have been at least seven raids on various homes in the counties Multiple here. "It is not immediately known if this residence is connected to other illegal marijuana grows recently inspected in Lincoln, Kennebec and Somerset counties," the Androscoggin County Sheriff's Office in Maine said.
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                <strong class="dateline">TURNER, Maine —</strong>                                           <p>The Androscoggin County Sheriff&#39;s Office is now the latest department to investigate a large-scale unlicensed marijuana growing operation. 

First responders were called to 2509 Auburn Road in Turner at about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, after customers at Bear Pond Variety and Diner on Route 4 noticed smoke pouring from the eaves of a farm across the street.

Turner firefighters and an Androscoggin County sheriff's deputy kicked down the door and discovered the smoke was actually vapor. The heat was reportedly caused by “the growth of a large amount of marijuana plants inside the residence.”

“It was so hot inside the building and so cold outside, it turned to steam,” said Nick Merry, Turner's interim fire chief.

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The Sheriff's Office was able to obtain a search warrant for the home after seeing propane heaters, chemical fertilizers, dehumidifiers, grow lights and what they estimated was 500 marijuana plants.

Diners said the odd placement of propane lines and giant electricity meters outside should have been a clear sign something was up.

“Three months ago, I told them there was pot there,” Butch Gammon said. “I said come outside and tell me there's no bowl there. The wind coming from this direction – it'll knock you down,” Gammon said.

An unlicensed marijuana operation was found at Turner's home

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An extensive growth operation was discovered inside Turner's home

The acting fire chief said the situation inside the home was like a time bomb. “A lot of things could have happened. There was a lot of heat, a lot of electricity going through there. There's a lot of propane going through there,” Merry said.

Officials say the Maine Office of Cannabis Policy sent an investigator to the scene. The investigator determined that there were no records or licenses provided for the property or the homeowner, who resides in Massachusetts.

“Unregulated and illicit cannabis cultivation operations pose threats to the work the Office of Cannabis Policy does, to the livelihood and financial well-being of our licensed and compliant businesses, and to customers and patients in Maine,” said Alexis Soucy, a spokesperson for the Bureau of Cannabis Policy. Cannabis policy.

After serving the search warrant, deputies reportedly seized approximately 2,500 marijuana plants.

According to the city of Turner database, the house is owned by Liming Yu of Quincy, Massachusetts. Over the past few weeks, there have been at least seven raids on different homes in multiple counties here in Maine. Six people were arrested in these cases.

“It is not immediately known if this residence is connected to other illegal marijuana grows recently inspected in Lincoln, Kennebec and Somerset counties,” the Androscoggin County Sheriff's Office said.

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