DOVER-FOXCROFT – A tip from a game warden, weeks of surveillance, and a joint investigation has resulted in the arrest of a Bowdoin man and the seizure of more than 20 pounds of processed marijuana.
Darryl Dickey, 39, of Bowdoin and Brownville, was arrested last Wednesday for trafficking in marijuana. Dickey was released from the Sagadahoc County Jail after furnishing $1,000 cash bail. His initial court appearance is set for Nov. 30, at the West Bath District Court.
In May, a local game warden found a patch of marijuana growing off a woods road in Township B, Range 10 WELS, north of Brownville, and reported his find to the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Department.
Through an investigation and surveillance, the department reportedly connected the marijuana patch to a Brownville camp owned by Dickey, according to Investigator Guy Dow of the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Department.
Dow said marijuana plants were discovered outside Dickey’s camp. A search warrant was executed at the camp on Oct. 15, where small amounts of dried marijuana were found, he said.
Another search was conducted on Oct. 18 at Dickey’s Bowdoin home, where Piscataquis County and Sagadahoc County deputies found more than 20 pounds of dried marijuana, according to Joseph Manhardt, chief deputy of Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Department.
Manhardt said the marijuana had a street value of about $74,000.
“We’re extremely happy with the drug seizure,” he said. The find was one of the largest in Sagadahoc County in recent years, he said.
Dow said Dickey was convicted of cultivating marijuana off the same woods road two years ago.
Manhardt said his department seized Dickey’s new all-terrain vehicle and a four-wheel drive pickup truck. He said the department would seek forfeiture. If the court sanctions the forfeiture, it is unknown if the proceeds from the sale will be shared, he said.
Also assisting in the investigation was the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.