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U.S. Forest Service public information officer Alan Barbian points to trees marijuana farmers cut down in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest to grow pot Friday, Aug. 20, 2010, near Marinette, Wis. The Marinette County Sheriff's Department said that deputies found the grow in the central section of the county during a ground search on Tuesday. They were looking for grows that might be linked to massive marijuana plots police eradicated in the southeastern tip of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest last week. Twelve men have been charged in federal court in connection with those plots. (AP Photo/Todd Richmond)
Monday, August 23, 2010

Police: Outdoor pot plants flourishing

MEXICO, Maine – Police in Western Maine say there could be a bumper crop of marijuana this season, despite the dry weather.

Oxford County Marijuana Eradication Coordinator Chancey Libby tells the Sun Journal of Lewiston that police are finding that plants cultivated outdoors are doing much better than in the past two years.

Libby says that because of the lack of rain this summer, people who cultivate marijuana have to work harder to grow it, which increases the risk of getting caught.

As of Wednesday, state and local law enforcement officers in Oxford County had seized 1,318 marijuana plants, four pounds of processed marijuana and three guns. In Franklin County, officers seized 161 plants and eradicated 1,134 pot plants.