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Lyman man charged with felony marijuana cultivation; police seize 1,000 pot plants

Posted March 22, 2012, at 3:16 p.m.

ALFRED, Maine — Maine law enforcement officials say a 51-year-old man has been charged after they seized nearly 1,000 marijuana plants with an estimated street value of about $400,000 from his home and a warehouse.

The York County Sheriff’s Department and U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency said Robert Ryder was charged with felony marijuana cultivation after they raided his home in Lyman on Wednesday and found 184 plants and 2 pounds of processed marijuana.

Officials said a subsequent search at a warehouse in Waterboro turned up another 800 plants and 5 pounds of processed pot.

Ryder is being held on $25,000 bail.

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