2 face charges in Guilford pot-growing operation

Posted Sept. 27, 2010, at 11:46 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 11:37 a.m.

GUILFORD, Maine — Two local men face charges after police said they staked out a marijuana-growing operation on Guilford Center Road.

Larry Pratt, 42, of Guilford was summoned Saturday for marijuana cultivation and possession of scheduled drugs, and Jeremy Wheaton, 32, was arrested on an outstanding warrant. Pratt will make his initial appearance on the charges Nov. 22. It was not immediately known when Wheaton would make his court appearance.

Both men could face additional charges, according to Investigator Guy Dow of the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Department.

Dow said his department had a marijuana-growing operation located behind Pratt’s home under surveillance for some time. When Dow and Deputy Ryan Richardson of the Sheriff’s Department went to check on the operation Saturday, they found at least two men tending the plants. The men had been pulling some of the marijuana crops when they discovered one of the surveillance cameras police had installed, according to Dow.

One of the men removed the camera before they fled the area, according to Dow.

Dow said he and Richardson pulled about 36 marijuana plants and hid the evidence before they left to find the men.

Dow then secured Pratt’s home and obtained a search warrant, which was executed Saturday afternoon. While no marijuana plants were found at Pratt’s house, Dow said police found marijuana residue on Pratt and some prescription pills. Dow also allegedly found the department’s camera, which had been removed near the patch. The card that recorded movements around the marijuana plot had been removed, he said.

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