Police have added yet another bust to the ever-growing list of illegal marijuana operations uncovered in Maine since last summer.
On Friday, Somerset County sheriff’s deputies raided a Rome Road home in Mercer, where they uncovered an illegal marijuana operation, according to the Waterville Morning Sentinel.
As a result of the raid, deputies seized 553 plants and several pounds of harvested marijuana, along with other drug material and a chemical banned in Maine, the Sentinel reported.
Nearly the entire Mercer home had been repurposed for the illegal marijuana operation, according to the newspaper.
No one was arrested because no one was home during the raid. But police expect to charge whoever was running the operation with illegal cultivation of marijuana and drug trafficking.
That seizure comes on the heels of an ever-rising surge in large illegal marijuana operations all across Maine.
They received greater scrutiny after the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office found an illegal marijuana operation in Carmel, where police seized 3,400 plants and 111 pounds of processed marijuana in late June. As 2023 dragged on, police uncovered other large illegal marijuana operations in Dexter, Wilton, Machias, and other communities.
Even more illegal marijuana operations have been uncovered in the past few weeks.
Also on Friday, Piscataquis County sheriff’s deputies seized about 2,000 marijuana plants during a series of four raids in Guilford and…