Man says he grew pot to pay attorney

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GREENWOOD — A 41-year-old man told police that he was trying to pay legal costs related to a Missouri drug conviction by growing marijuana, according to a court affidavit.

Stephen Nicholas Petrocelli, of West Summit Road in Greenwood, was arrested on May 12 on a charge of probation violation. The District Attorney’s Office added aggravated marijuana cultivation and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person after Agent Zane Loper of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency submitted a warrant in support of the charges on Tuesday.

Gerry Baril, supervisor of the MDEA’s Western Maine District Task Force, said Petrocelli became a resident of Maine and transferred his probation conditions from Missouri. According to Loper’s affidavit, Petrocelli was convicted of felony charges of manufacturing a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance on May 3 in Laclede County, Mo.

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