Published DateBy Daymond Steer
OSSIPEE — A Glen man has been sent to jail for a year after pleading guilty to multiple marijuana charges.
In Carroll County Superior Court on Monday, Robert Bean, 57, pleaded guilty to three charges accusing him of growing marijuana and intending to distribute it. Two of the charges involve more than five pounds of marijuana.
According to the plea deal, the sentence includes a year in jail, which was to start immediately, a suspended year-long jail sentence and probation.
"His charges stem from two separate incidences, your honor," said assistant county attorney Brandon Garod.
The first incident involves manufacture of a controlled drug and possession with intent to distribute, said Garod. A few years ago, the New Hampshire Drug Task Force was given a tip that another man was growing marijuana in Glen. According to Garod, an investigation of the area showed that a "large patch of marijuana" was actually growing at the edge of Bean's property.
"A search warrant was later executed, revealing 46 live marijuana plants in the curtilage behind Mr. Bean's property as well as eight harvested plants," said Garod. "A search of the interior of the home also revealed a digital scale and several baggies containing quantities of marijuana."
Last August, a detective with the New Hampshire Drug Task Force was flying over Jackson and observed marijuana plants growing in an open field off of Route 16. The next day, the detective visited the site and observed about nine nine-foot marijuana plants. Later, the New Hampshire Drug Task Force set motion-activated game cameras in the area near the field. The detective identified Bean as one of three men who were looking at and handling the plants. Law enforcement seized the clothing that Bean was wearing when he was photographed at the field.
One of Bean's attorneys, Daniel Kelly, called Bean's circumstances a "tragedy." He said that Bean is being charged with victimless crimes.
"Everyone can plainly see that Mr. Bean does not pose a danger to the community," said Kelly.
Kelly added that Bean is a father of an 11-year-old daughter. Kelly said Bean has been gainfully employed all his life and came to the county in 1973. He said Bean has an interest in skiing, fishing and hunting.
Bean had a previous drug conviction in 1992.