MILO, Maine — A tip from an alert deputy sheriff led investigators to 28 marijuana plants growing in fields near a Lyford Road residence and to the arrest of the homeowner Monday night, the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Department said Tuesday.
Dolinda Doble, 49, of 100 Lyford Road was being held at Piscataquis County Jail on $2,000 bail Tuesday, a jail spokesman said. She was charged with furnishing a scheduled drug and cultivation of marijuana.
Armed with a warrant, four sheriff’s deputies and three Milo police officers searched Doble’s two-story home, detached barn and property shortly after 6 p.m. Monday. They found 11 marijuana plants growing in the garden and another 17 plants in woods on the large parcel — perhaps 10 acres — surrounding the house, Sheriff’s Department investigators said.
Investigators also found and seized 62 methadone pills, 42 of which were packaged in small plastic bags for street sale; several small bags of white powder, believed to be an illicit narcotic; a single “rock” of cooked cocaine; $900 in cash; a Polaris all-terrain vehicle; and three firearms, Sheriff’s Department investigator David Wilson said.
The three firearms were a .38-caliber revolver and two rifles. The revolver was loaded, Wilson said.
The investigation began Monday afternoon when an undercover deputy sheriff got a tip that marijuana was being grown near Doble’s home and alerted his fellow officers. Investigators applied for a search warrant, which was signed by District Court Judge Kevin Stitham, Wilson said.
The officers spent several hours searching the property for the contraband, particularly the marijuana, which was growing at several locations around the property, the investigators said.
Police seized the ATV because it was evident from the fertilizers and other items on it and the tracks around the property leading to and from the illegal plants that the machine was used as part of the marijuana farming, Wilson said.
Investigators might attempt to seize the ATV with an asset-forfeiture civil action, Wilson said. They await testing on the bags of unidentified white powder to determine whether it consists of drugs or drug paraphernalia.
Wilson did not know the street value of the drugs seized.
Doble is due in District Court in Dover-Foxcroft on Thursday.