Waldoboro man charged in drug raid

Posted June 12, 2009, at 7:48 p.m.

WALDOBORO — A Waldoboro man is in custody after an early morning drug raid at his home that police say netted 5 pounds of processed marijuana and 138 marijuana plants.

The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency said Geoffrey Merritt, 48, had been the focus of a yearlong investigation.

The Maine State Police tactical team raided the house at about 4:30 a.m. Friday. The MDEA said that in addition to marijuana, agents seized psilocybin mushrooms, hydrocodone pills, heroin and $1,000.

“It was a good one,” Maine DEA Supervisor James Pease said Friday afternoon of the bust. Authorities allege that Merritt “was a major marijuana grower and major marijuana dealer. We didn’t really expect to find heroin — it was a surprise to us.”

There was enough heroin in the house that Pease believes Merritt likely was trafficking in it, too.

Officials said the second floor of Merritt’s house had been converted into growing rooms for marijuana and that plants found there were in various stages of growth. The street value of the marijuana was estimated by police at $150,000.

BDN writer Abigail Curtis contributed to this report.

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