Officers from the Wilton Police Department and investigators from the Maine Office of Cannabis Policy (OCP) busted a massive illegal marijuana cultivation facility Tuesday during a routine inspection, according to a Wednesday Wilton Police press release.
Wilton Police say that on Tuesday, Nov. 28, officers from the Wilton Police Department assisted OCP investigators in conducting a routine follow up inspection at a licensed marijuana cultivation facility at a property on Weld Road in Wilton.
During the inspection, Wilton Police say they received information “that someone had constructed another, unlicensed marijuana cultivation facility in a different building on the property.”
Officers made contact with the owner of the property, Travis Gray of Travis Gray Trucking, who came to escort the officers, OCP investigators, and Wilton Code Enforcement into the interior of the building.
Inside the building, Wilton Police say they discovered an unlicensed marijuana cultivation facility which contained approximately 1,211 illegally cultivated live marijuana plants, and approximately 200 lbs. of illegally cultivated dried marijuana.
The total value of the illegally cultivated marijuana is estimated to be $1,000,000.
The Wilton Police Department seized the illegally grown marijuana and destroyed it as contraband.
“The owner of the property on Weld Road has no connection to the internal operations of either the licensed or unlicensed marijuana cultivation facility,” Wilton Police stated Wednesday. “The identity of the person or persons responsible for the unlicensed marijuana cultivation facility remains under investigation at this time.”
“I didn’t have any knowledge,” Travis Gray, the property owner, told the Maine Wire Tuesday. “I did cooperate to the best of my ability, of course. That’s about all I know.”
“You try to do the best you can, do good business, and unfortunately some people don’t do right. That’s just how it is,” he said. “The rest of it is between the law enforcement and those guys.”
The Wilton Police Department was assisted in their investigation by OCP investigators, Wilton Code Enforcement, Wilton Fire Department, and Wilton Public Works.
“We were not involved in the Wilton raid. You would need to contact the Wilton PD” said a Maine State Police spokesperson.
A spokesperson from U.S. Customs and Border Protection said the agency also was not involved.
The Maine Wire visited the Wilton site in mid-November as part of an investigation into more than 100 properties in Maine which operate as unlicensed marijuana grow facilities and owned by Chinese nationals.
The Office of Cannabis Policy, the state agency that regulates legal marijuana businesses in Maine, has told the Maine Wire that it has no authority to investigate marijuana growing operations that are purely illegal.
Only two other properties in Maine have been raided by law enforcement, one in Carmel and one in Dexter.
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