May 22, 2018
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Man accused of growing pot on family’s York County property

Maine Department of Public Safety | BDN
Maine Department of Public Safety | BDN
Police harvest marijuana plants found on a property in York County.
By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

LIMERICK, Maine — A Massachusetts man was arrested wednesday for growing marijuana on family property in York County, according to police.

Jay Dandreo, 50, of Lynn, Mass., is being held on $5,000 bail at the York County Jail on charges of aggravated marijuana cultivation, Department of Public Safety Spokesman Stephen McCausland said in a news release.

Agents seized 183 fully grown plants from the property in August, according to McCausland. The plants ranged from 3 to 6 feet high and were valued at $275,000.

Maine Drug Enforcement Agency officials raided the location on Aug. 23, discovering the marijuana behind a cabin and barn on the property, but Dandreo fled into the woods when agents arrived. A loaded shotgun and three other unloaded guns were found in the cabin.

Dandreo eventually gave up, turning himself into police on Wednesday, McCausland said.

York County sheriff’s deputies and state game wardens assisted state police in the investigation.

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