SILVER RIDGE, Maine — A response by police to a domestic disturbance at a local home Friday resulted in the homeowner’s arrest and the discovery of about 50 marijuana plants in various stages of growth.
Dominic Frasca, 52, who moved from New York to Maine this spring, was arrested and charged with criminal threatening, aggravated cultivation of marijuana, and prohibited possession of a firearm. He was taken to the Aroostook County Jail, where his bail was set at $2,250.
Police received a call Friday morning reporting a domestic disturbance at Frasca’s home on Route 2 in Silver Ridge, a small town located between Sherman and Macwahoc, according to a prepared release from Aroostook County Sheriff James P. Madore.
Witnesses alleged that Frasca had threatened his girlfriend’s adult daughter with physical harm, Madore said. While police made sure everyone was safe inside the home, they discovered the marijuana plants both inside and outside the residence, according to Madore.
Deputies assigned to the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency were called to assist in processing the crime scene. A loaded 12-gauge shotgun was seized as the deputies believed Frasca was a convicted felon, Madore noted.
Madore said his department takes domestic violence and related criminal activity very seriously. Earlier this year, he announced that the department received a grant to continue its domestic violence detective’s position. This detective and the department in general closely coordinate their efforts with area victim advocacy groups.
The Sheriff’s Department also is proud of its commitment to drug enforcement efforts in Aroostook County, Madore said. The department now has a lieutenant, a sergeant and a deputy assigned full time to the state task force to carry out drug investigations.
It is hoped that these partnerships and the cooperation they produce will make the residents of Aroostook County safer in the long run, he said.