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October 27, 2012

Police: Abandoned fish plant used for marijuana production

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Fowler said it appeared some sort of seafood business was still going on, along with what might be a leather tannery.

“We found a room that had a lot of chemicals in it, and what first came to mind was a possible meth lab,” Fowler said, who went to the scene during the search. “Merrimac Chief (Eric) Shears has had some experience with meth labs, so he was called to come over and take a look. He did and determined it was not a meth lab.”

According to the assessors office, the property is owned by Seacoast Seafood Sales, Inc., with a mailing address of a post office box in Hampton, N.H. But according to chief Assessor Cheryl Gorniewicz, the seafood business hasn’t been run for years, and the building is supposed to be vacant. There is no current occupancy permit associated with it or any business located there, she said.

On about half an acre of land, the building is about 5,300 square feet, she said. According to its last inspection, the structure had dry storage and offices in the front, with a rear section that includes a freezer, coolers and packing room, she said.

The assessed value of the property is currently is $460,900, Gorniewicz said, but property taxes haven’t been paid for the first quarter of this fiscal year, which were due in August, and the payment due on Nov. 1 has also not been received.

Fowler said the investigation is still ongoing, and anyone with information is urged to contact Salisbury Detective Sgt. Anthony King at 978-465-3121. Those who want to report information anonymously, can call the Salisbury Police Tip Line at 978-229-2039.

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