N. Berwick man faces charges after police say they found ‘elaborate’ pot-growing setup

Posted Feb. 26, 2013, at 6:25 a.m.

NORTH BERWICK, Maine — Police found an “elaborate marijuana growing system” in the cellar of a High Street residence on Friday, according to Chief Stephen Peasley.

According to police, Zachary M. Green, 33, of 224 High St., had 16 marijuana plants averaging from one to four feet tall; grow lights; exhaust fans; harvested marijuana in bags; material to start new marijuana growth; a reflective curtain to obscure “intense” grow lighting; numerous paraphernalia; and an unloaded shotgun — which have all been seized by North Berwick police.

“You wouldn’t see the growing lights if you looked inside the house from a window. The reflective curtain was made for that purpose. In addition, he vented the drug odor outside, like you would a dryer,” Peasley said, who added Green did not have neighbors in proximity.

Green has been charged with unlawful possession of a scheduled drug, scale and use of drug paraphernalia, and cultivating marijuana.

He is scheduled to appear at the Springvale District Court on April 9.

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