POLICE BEAT

Dexter man charged with cultivating marijuana

Posted Aug. 27, 2012, at 3:57 p.m.

DEXTER, Maine — Dexter police seized marijuana plants and cultivating equipment while executing a warrant on Friday morning, according to Dexter Police Chief Kevin Wintle.

Wintle, along with Sgt. Alan Grinnell, went to the North Dexter Road residence of Marcus LaFountain, 26, to execute a warrant for unpaid fines at 9:20 a.m. Friday, the police chief said.

Grinnell went to the front entrance while Wintle said he went to the back. Grinnell knocked on the door and identified himself as a police officer.

“He was coming out of the attic onto the second floor. He was going to exit out the back into the woods,” Wintle said Monday. “Before he jumped, I explained who I was and pointed the Taser at him and ordered him down.”

LaFountain cooperated, and the Taser wasn’t deployed, said Wintle.

While LaFountain went back into the residence to retrieve some clothes, Wintle said he could smell marijuana.

“We could smell a heavy odor of marijuana inside the residence,” said Wintle. “He gave us consent to search the residence. We found cultivating marijuana in one of the back bedrooms. We also found marijuana in the garage area.”

Wintle said 10 mature marijuana plants were found, as well as cultivating instruments and lighting.

LaFountain was charged with cultivating marijuana, a Class D misdemeanor, and was taken to the Penobscot County Jail in Bangor. He’s scheduled to appear in Newport District Court on Oct. 17.

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