June 18, 2018
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Marijuana, mushrooms, rifles seized from Bath home

By BETH BROGAN, Times Record

BATH, Maine — Two Bath residents face felony charges of aggravated marijuana cultivation after Maine Drug Enforcement Agents on Thursday seized more than 100 marijuana plants, guns and other drugs and paraphernalia from their home on Cottage Street.

April Smeal, 36, and 39-year-old Warner Hinkley, both of 9 Cottage St., were charged with the Class B felonies after the MDEA, working with the Bath Police Department and Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Office, executed a search warrant at their home at approximately 11 a.m. Thursday, Bath Police Chief Michael Field said today.

Officers seized more than 100 marijuana plants, seven miscellaneous rifles, hallucinogenic mushrooms, marijuana and marijuana seeds, and assorted drug paraphernalia, Field said.

Hinkley was not home at the time the warrant was executed, but turned himself in to police later on Thursday, Bath Police Detective Dave Beauregard said today.

The charges are considered aggravated because the Cottage Street is within 1,000 of Hyde School, a drug-free safe zone.

Smeal and Hinkley were released on unsecured bail from the Bath police station, with Smeal’s bail set at $20,000 and Hinkley’s at $25,000.

If convicted of the Class B felony, each faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

Beauregard said he does not expect any additional charges to result from the warrant, which was based on an anonymous tip to police.

He urged residents to call police any time they have even “bits and pieces” of information about suspected drug activity.

“People think we know everything, and we don’t,” Beauregard said. “For a citizen in the neighborhood to call in anonymously and tell us bits and pieces — we can put them together and get enough for a search warrant.”

Hinkley and Smeal are scheduled to appear March 15 in West Bath District Court.

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