Hope selectman fined for growing pot

Posted Sept. 06, 2012, at 5:32 p.m.

HOPE, Maine — A town selectman was fined $1,200 last week for a pair of drug offenses.

Eric Campbell, 48, was fined $1,000 in Rockland District Court for Class D marijuana cultivation. The complaint filed in court said that he was growing more than five plants at his property on Hatchet Mountain Road on May 29. He pleaded guilty to the offense last week and was fined $1,000.

He also was fined $200 for the civil offense of sale and use of drug paraphernalia. That was from the same date and incident, according to the complaint.

A third count of possession of marijuana was dismissed.

Hope Town Administrator Jonathan Duke said that selectmen have not discussed the matter at a meeting. Campbell’s term runs through 2013. He also served a previous term on the board, ending in 2009, according to the town report.

Maine State Police Trooper Scott Quintero issued the summonses to Campbell.

A request for comment left on Campbell’s answering machine Thursday afternoon was not immediately returned.