May 26, 2018
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4 men, 1 juvenile face drug charges in Brooks

By Walter Griffin

BROOKS – Four men were arrested and a male juvenile was summoned after a drug raid Wednesday on an indoor marijuana growing operation at a Wood Lane residence.

Arrested at the home the day of the raid were Kevin Doughty, 43, of Knox and Aaron Miller, 19, of Winslow. Doughty was charged with violating probation and Miller was charged with marijuana cultivation and violation of conditions of release. Both are being held without bail at Waldo County Jail.

Arrested in connection with the growing operation on Thursday were Kevin Wood, 22, of Brooks and Michael Baker, 20, of Liberty. Wood was charged with felony cultivation of marijuana and trafficking in scheduled drugs. He is being held on $1,000 cash bail or $5,000 surety. Baker was charged with marijuana cultivation and is being held on $350 cash bail.

A 17-year-old male from Brooks was summoned for marijuana cultivation and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Waldo County Chief Deputy Robert Keating said the arrests were the culmination of a six-week investigation conducted by the county Sheriff’s Department and Detective Merl Reed.

Based on information gathered during the investigation, a search warrant was obtained and county deputies and agents from the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency raided the Wood Lane home at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

The search reportedly yielded 295 marijuana plants in various stages of maturity, allegedly found in the home’s basement, and another 109 plants in a second-floor room.

Police also reportedly found more than 1 pound of processed marijuana, electronic scales, syringes, an assortment of pills and drug paraphernalia in the residence. A handgun allegedly was found in Kevin Wood’s bedroom.

The case remains under investigation, Keating said Thursday.


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