Middlebury man busted for growing pot

WELLSBORO – Michael H. Taft, 57, of 902 Ridge Road, Middlebury Center was charged by state police with manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a controlled substance after state police allegedly found marijuana plants growing at his home.

According to documents filed at District Judge Rob Repard’s office on Sept. 10 police went to the residence after receiving information from the Cheektowaga, N.Y., police department about pot plants being grown at Taft’s residence in Middlebury Township.

Taft told state police when they came to his house that he had burned his pot crops and buried the remains.

Police then questioned him further about any additional pot being grown on the property, and he allegedly led them to a shed along the northwest corner of his property where six full grown pot plants were found.

Inside the shed there were branches of pot plants hanging and drying, police said.

According to police, Taft told them that he has severe medical issues and was advised by his doctor to smoke pot to ease his pain. His residence was searched by police, who found a water pipe, three bags of pot seeds and a tin containing two marijuana cigarettes.

Taft was released on $15,000 bail and his preliminary hearing set for May 20.