Several illegal marijuana grow houses were shut down in 2 counties on Friday, including one in Corinna that included the menacing of neighbors.

Where Were the Searches in Piscataquis County?

Members of the Piscataquis County Sheriff's Office were in Sangerville and Guilford Friday, executing four search warrants on illegal Asian marijuana grow houses. Officials say one warrant was served on a property on the North Dexter Road, while two others were served on properties on the Manhanock Pond Road in Sangerville. A fourth warrant was served on a residence on Water Street in Guilford.

How Many Plants Were Seized?

Officials say approximately 2,200 plants in total were confiscated between the many properties. One male was arrested and taken to the Piscataquis County Jail. His name has not been released.

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What's Happening in Corinna?

In Penobscot County, Sheriff's Office personnel spent the day at a home on St. Albans Road in Corinna. Sheriff Troy Morton says when officials entered the residence, they immediately backed out until the building could be secured. Exposed high voltage wires were running throughout the old house and there were chemicals mixed and not secured. Living conditions were reportedly inhumane. There was no comment on whether anyone was arrested.

3,770 illegal marijuana plants were seized as a result of this search.

Morton went on to say that the operation had become a headache to neighbors, who reported seeing out-of-state vehicles coming and going at all hours of the night. Neighbors and other residents told authorities that they have been pressured to sell their homes. Others said they smelled chemicals burning at times and, once, saw something being buried in the yard.

We'll update this story as more details become available. 

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