Woman arrested, 11 pounds of pot seized in Falmouth bust

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FALMOUTH — A Depot Road resident was arrested Tuesday after police said they discovered 11 pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of $40,000 in her apartment.

Kellyjean Kelley, 47, was charged with trafficking scheduled drugs and taken to Cumberland County Jail in Portland.

In 2006, Kelley was convicted of unlawful possession of a scheduled drug.

Police said they were called to the Blackstone Apartments at 82 Depot Road Tuesday morning after Avesta Housing employees allegedly saw marijuana in Kelley’s apartment during a routine safety inspection.

“One of the maintenance people saw a flowering (marijuana) plant in the closet,” Officer Jeff Pardue said.

Pardue said Avesta was preparing to evict Kelley from the building, which primarily serves low-income elderly residents. The building is within walking distance of Falmouth Memorial Library and the Little League baseball fields.

He said the Police Department obtained a warrant to search the rest of the apartment. Officers seized the marijuana, plus lights and other growing equipment.

Kelley was the only resident of the apartment, Pardue said, and no cash or weapons were found.

He said Kelley is not registered as a licensed marijuana grower with the state and she did not suggest to police that she was growing the marijuana for medicinal purposes.

Police said they have not received complaints about excessive traffic to and from the apartment building, or any other indications there was a marijuana-growing operation in the building.

Pardue also said there was no evidence Kelley was selling the marijuana from her apartment, and they did not find a client list or bookkeeping ledger.

Emily Parkhurst can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 125 or eparkhurst@theforecaster.net. Follow her on Twitter: @emilyparkhurst.

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Some of the 11 pounds of marijuana seized Tuesday by the Falmouth Police Department.

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