May 23, 2018
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Police follow the music to pot growing operation at Dexter camp, arrest occupant

By Alex Barber, BDN Staff

DEXTER, Maine — “Extremely loud” music led police to a marijuana growing operation Tuesday night.

Dexter Police Chief Kevin Wintle said he and Officer John Lieberman were on routine patrol on Charleston Road at 7:25 p.m. Tuesday when they came to a camp from which music was blasting.

“The music was extremely loud,” said Wintle.

When the two officers approached the door, Wintle said he noticed an open window next to the door.

“We could smell a heavy odor of marijuana coming from inside the residence,” said Wintle, adding that two large marijuana stems were in plain sight between the door and window. “We looked through the window and noticed a male subject processing marijuana.”

Wintle knocked on the door and the man answered. After Wintle told the man he had seen him process marijuana, he consented to a search of the property.

A greenhouse was discovered near the camp, as well as marijuana drying in another camp that the man said he was caretaking. Marijuana could be seen through the window of the second home, which the man also gave police consent to search.

“We got about 20 pounds of processed marijuana and we got probably right around 28 plants — they were fully mature plants,” said Wintle, adding that four firearms also were confiscated from the residence.

Wintle said the plants measured 2 inches in diameter at the base and were 12 feet tall.

“The greenhouse was full [of them],” said Wintle.

As a result of the searches and investigation, Raymond Buxton, 47, of Dexter was arrested Wednesday afternoon and charged with felony trafficking in Schedule W drugs.

Buxton was taken to the Dexter Police Department and bailed on $1,500 unsecured cash. He’s due in Penobscot County Superior Court on Nov. 15.

Wintle said Buxton was cooperative.

Buxton’s arrest marked the fifth significant marijuana bust in the past three months, said Wintle.

“We’re building a strong team here,” said Wintle. “The [town] council and town manager have allowed us more money to give us the opportunity to be more proactive [in making drug arrests]. Our office has been out there on the street working very hard.”

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