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Three charged in East Machias with cultivating marijuana

By Tom Walsh, BDN Staff

EAST MACHIAS, Maine — Three East Machias residents were charged Monday, Sept. 17, with marijuana cultivation after 67 plants were discovered growing on two separate properties.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant Monday at the Palmer Landing Road home of Vaughn and Janet Cummings after officers, acting on a tip, spotted on Friday, Sept. 14, the 58 plants found on their property on Monday when the warrant was executed. In addition to the plants, deputies located 1.4 pounds of processed marijuana and seized 18 firearms.

Vaughn Cummings, 52, was arrested and charged with marijuana cultivation. Janet Cummings, 51, was summoned for marijuana cultivation. Both have a Nov. 5, 2012, court date.

In a separate search near the Cummings land, deputies found nine more marijuana plants on the property of Leonard Wood Jr., 34, of East Machias. Wood was arrested and charged with marijuana cultivation and also with falsifying physical evidence for allegedly cutting and attempting to conceal the marijuana as deputies arrived to execute the search warrant. Wood also has a Nov. 5, 2012, court date.

Wood also was found to be in violation of marine fisheries laws. Marine Patrol responded and issued summonses for two violations involving an oversized lobster and a V-notched lobster found in Wood’s possession.

Washington County Sheriff Donnie Smith said his deputies were assisted at the scene by Maine Forest Rangers, the Maine Warden Service and the Maine Marine Patrol.

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