ELLSWORTH, Maine — A property owner found an evicted tenant’s old — and, police say, failed — indoor marijuana growing operation Thursday afternoon in Ellsworth.

The Water Street landlord discovered heat lamps and two dead and wilted marijuana plants in an old wooden box in a room of an apartment he’d previously rented. The tenants were evicted last weekend, said Ellsworth Police Lt. Harold Page.

Page said police also found prescription pill bottles and a few “marijuana smoking devices” at the apartment, but it seemed none of the gear had been used in a long, long time.

“I’d say they hadn’t used any of it in a couple years,” Page said. “Everything was covered in cobwebs. It’s something, I’d say, they experimented with and never got anywhere.”

Page said the identities of the former tenants are known, but that police are not pursuing an investigation or any criminal charges.

The crude cultivation kit, along with the pipes and pill bottles, were brought to the police station, where they were destroyed.

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Mario Moretto

Mario Moretto has been a Maine journalist, in print and online publications, since 2009. He joined the Bangor Daily News in 2012, first as a general assignment reporter in his native Hancock County and,...