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A family of four is under arrest after State Police and Maine drug agents raided a pot-growing operation at a home in Monroe.
Authorities say James Ford and his wife, Darlene Ford, both 55, were arrested last night, along with their two grown sons, James Ford, 34, of Dixmont, and Paul Ford, 31, of Swanville, according to Maine Department of Public Safety officials.
Agents seized more than 300 marijuana plants in various stages of growth, 10 pounds of processed marijuana and two semi-automatic assault weapons.
The pot was found growing in the garage of James and Darlene Ford's house on Swan Lake Ave. The operation included a hydration system and growing lights. Officials say some of the plants were six feet tall and ready for harvest.
Authorities say the couple was suspected of harvesting about 20 pounds of marijuana every three months and shipping it to Massachusetts.
In 2002, James Ford was convicted of growing marijuana at his home in Weymouth, Massachusetts. The house was later seized.
Maine Drug Enforcement Agency Supervisor James Pease says the potential street value of the marijuana seized today was more than $800,000.