Photo Gallery | Photos: York County raids net nearly 1,000 pot plants worth $400K

ALFRED, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- York County's Sheriff says his office and federal drug agents have made one of the biggest pot busts ever in the county. Investigators have shut down two indoor marijuana growing operations in the Waterboro area.

It all unfolded a little more than a week ago when drug enforcement agents, members of a DEA task force and sheriff's deputies raided a home in Waterboro and found a marijuana growing operation inside. Police arrested John Pond and seized 80 marijuana plants and 2 pounds of processed pot.

That led investigators to a much bigger bust. Yesterday and last night they raided a warehouse full of pot in Waterboro and a home in Lyman. Both belonging to Robert Ryder, owner of Ryder Construction. Between both busts, authorities seized nearly 1,000 marijuana plants worth an estimated $400,000 dollars. The sheriff says it's the biggest drug bust he's been involved in.

"I believe so, it's safe to say that. I've been in this business 39-years, I used to run a drug enforcement unit when i was with the state police. Did a lot of these cases, but for an indoor grow, this is huge", said Sheriff Mo Ouellette.

Pond was released on bail, Ryder is being held on $25,000 bail. He's due in court Friday.

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