Dexter man summoned after 57 marijuana plants viewed through window

Posted May 30, 2013, at 11:39 a.m.

DEXTER, Maine — A local man was summoned after a man noticed his marijuana plants growing in plain sight, police say.

Dexter police Officer Dana Gatcomb received a call that marijuana plants could be viewed through a window of a residence on Charleston Road on Tuesday, May 21, Dexter police Chief Kevin Wintle said on Thursday.

Gatcomb approached the home and saw the plants in plain view through the window. He knocked on the door and Matthew Short, 49, of Dexter answered.

Short told Gatcomb that he had a medical marijuana card, but could not produce it, said Wintle.

Because Short did not produce the medical marijuana card, all 57 of his marijuana plants were confiscated and taken into evidence.

“The plants were held for seven days in order for the suspect to provide the medical marijuana card,” said Wintle.

After seven days, Gatcomb returned to the residence, where Short admitted he didn’t have a medical marijuana card, according to Wintle.

Short was summoned for cultivating marijuana, a Class D misdemeanor, which is punishable by less than one year of jail time and up to a $2,000 fine. He was not arrested. He is due into Newport District Court on July 10.

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