Marijuana plants seized in Peru
Chief Jim Theriault (left) and Lt. Roy Hodsdon of the Mexico Police Department are seen on department ATV's removing 40 to 50 marijuana removed last Thursday in Peru. (Photo courtesy of the Mexico Police Department)
PERU -- In a coordinated eradication effort, 40 to 50 mature marijuana plants were seized by law enforcement here last Thursday.
Mexico Police Lt. Roy Hodsdon said that the plants, all six feet or higher, were spotted between a half-mile to a mile in the woods in rugged terrain from the air by Maine Drug Enforcement. MDA and Oxford County Sheriff's Office then worked with the Mexico Police Department, which is the only area agency with ATVs, to eradicate the plants.
Hodsdon said these plants, with an approximate value of $1,000 apiece, were located on eight plots. He noted that more than 100 plants had already been harvested.
"This site has been used for awhile," he noted, adding that often times, people will use someone else's property for the marijuana harvesting effort.
Law enforcement spent between three and four hours in this eradication effort. The plants were seized by MDA and secured.
Hodsdon said he was told that MDA has summonsed someone in this case.