FRYEBURG “GROW HOUSE” SUSPECT EXPECTED TO SURRENDER

by Christian Mower on November 9, 2011

FRYEBURG POLICE CHIEF PHIL WEYMOUTH SAYS HE EXPECTS 32-YEAR-OLD CURTIS SMITH OF FRYEBURG TO TURN HIMSELF IN SOMETIME THIS WEEK AFTER A RAID ON SMITH’S LOVEWELL POND ROAD HOME EARLY SATURDAY MORNING ALLEGEDLY TURNED UP EVIDENCE OF A LARGE MARIJUANA GROW OPERATION.

WEYMOUTH CREDITS ONE OF HIS PART-TIME OFFICERS – JIM FORBES – WITH BUILDING THE CASE AFTER GETTING AN INITIAL TIP ABOUT THE HOUSE, THAT’S LOCATED LESS THAN A MILE DOWN THE ROAD FROM THE POLICE STATION AND TOWN OFFICE. ONE OF THE FINAL PIECES INCLUDED AN ANALYSIS OF UTILITY RECORDS FOR THE HOUSE WEYMOUTH SAYS SHOW IT CONSUMED NEARLY FOUR TIMES THE AMOUNT OF ELECTRICITY A NORMAL HOUSE WOULD.

THAT INFORMATION LED TO A SEARCH WARRANT BEING SIGNED FRIDAY NIGHT – SATURDAY AROUND 7 A.M. NEARLY A DOZEN OFFICERS FROM FRYEBURG AND THE FEDERAL DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION – INCLUDING A DEPUTY FROM THE CARROLL COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE AND HER DRUG DETECTION DOG – USED A RAMMING DEVICE TO BREAK DOWN THE DOOR OF THE HOUSE AT 181 LOVEWELL POND ROAD.

OFFICERS ALLEGEDLY DISCOVERED THREE POUNDS OF PROCESSED MARIJUANA INSIDE THE HOUSE, INCLUDING A SAFE WITH THE PLANT PACKAGED AND READY FOR SALE, $4,000 IN CASH, DRUG PARAPHERNALIA, SEVERAL GUNS – AND MORE THAN TWO DOZEN GROWING MARIJUANA PLANTS.

SMITH – WHO WEYMOUTH SAYS OWNS A CAR BUSINESS IN FRYEBURG  – WAS NOT AT THE HOME DURING SATURDAY’S RAID. SMITH’S 23-YEAR-OLD GIRLFRIEND – IDENTIFIED AS EMILY POITRAS – WAS ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH ENDANGERING THE WELFARE OF A CHILD AFTER A 2-YEAR-OLD WAS FOUND INSIDE THE HOUSE. ANOTHER MAN WAS ALSO IN THE HOUSE BUT HASN’T BEEN CHARGED IN THE CASE.

WEYMOUTH SAYS FRYEBURG RESIDENTS NOW KNOW POLICE WILL ACT ON TIPS THEY GET ON CASES LIKE THIS, EVEN IN THIS PARTICULAR CASE THE TIP WAS FROM SOMEONE OUT OF TOWN.

SMITH’S LAWYER REPORTEDLY TOLD POLICE HIS CLIENT WILL TURN HIMSELF IN SOMETIME THIS WEEK. AT A MINIMUM SMITH FACES A FELONY CHARGE OF AGGRAVATED CULTIVATING OF MARIJUANA – AND WEYMOUTH SAYS ADDITIONAL CHARGES ARE POSSIBLE.