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Tip leads Orrington police to marijuana stash

Kate Collins | BDN
Kate Collins | BDN
On Friday, October 14, 2011, Sgt. Jon Carson of the Penobscot County Sheriff's Department shows a marijuana bud which is part of the two to three pounds of marijuana confiscated from a Orrington camper on Thursday morning.
By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

ORRINGTON, Maine — Police say a tip led them to a camper filled with pounds of drying marijuana on Thursday and that officers could smell the pot before they saw it.

“As soon as the man opened the door for Deputy [James] Kennedy, the smell of marijuana was overwhelming,” Sgt. Jon Carson, Orrington’s community policing supervisor for the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department, said Friday. “We seized a bunch of it.”

Carson and Kennedy found an estimated three to four pounds of drying marijuana and charged Dominic Nuovo, 39, with felony trafficking in marijuana.

“He said he had two pounds,” Carson said. “We have it drying in our bay. We have to dry it before we weigh it. Over a pound is a felony.”

The green, leafy pot covered a 4-foot table with a layer that is 4 inches to 5 inches thick, the sergeant said.

“I haven’t seen that much processed marijuana in a long time,” Carson said. “I don’t know that I’ve ever seen that much.”

Nuovo admitted to growing the marijuana but “he wouldn’t tell us where he grew it,” the sergeant said.

The sheriff’s deputy and sergeant went to the Richardson Road property Nuovo lives on after receiving an anonymous tip that marijuana was being processed there, Carson said. The property is owned by Nuovo’s stepfather and he lives there in one of two campers that has a solar panel and generator for power.

Nuovo has no criminal record, Carson said, and was not arrested.

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