A Skowhegan man was arrested Friday after police said they found marijuana growing on his property, which is in close range of North Elementary School.

Dustin Beane, 32, was arrested after Skowhegan police and the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency executed a search warrant for his home at 8 Norton Lane.

Inside investigators reported they found evidence of marijuana cultivation, hypodermic apparatus, 14 marijuana plants and other drug paraphernalia, according to a press release from Skowhegan Police Chief Ted Blais.

Beane was charged with class C aggravated cultivation of marijuana and class E violation of a condition of release.

Additional charges are pending, said Blais.

Blais said the offense was upgraded to a felony because his home was in close proximity to North Elementary School.

The class C charge carries a penalty of up to 5 years incarceration and a $5,000 fine.

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