CONWAY — A member of the town’s Budget Committee who was also running in Tuesday’s municipal elections for a seat on the Planning Board is one of two men arrested in connection with an alleged marijuana-growing operation in Conway Village.
Conway Police said that on April 6, the department received a tip that a mobile home at 18 Colbath St. was being used to grow marijuana.
Upon responding to the run-down, single-wide trailer, which sits across the street from a vacant house, officers discovered what Conway Police in a prepared statement described as a “sophisticated lighting, ventilation and water filtration system used to provide a favorable environment for the many plants seized from the property.”
Daniel Davis, 50, of Rochester, was located at the scene and taken into custody on a charge of manufacturing of marijuana — acts prohibited, a Class A felony that upon conviction is punishable by a sentence of between 7½ and 15 years in prison.
Conway police said that as the investigation progressed, they learned that a second person — Greydon Turner, 49, of Conway — may also be involved and later also charged him with manufacturing of marijuana.
Turner was taken into custody on Monday and both he and Davis were subsequently released on personal-recognizance bond pending arraignment April 18 in Carroll County Superior Court.
Reached by telephone on Tuesday, Turner said in reference to his arrest, “On the advice of my attorney, I can’t talk about this.”
A member of the Conway Budget Committee whose term expires in 2021, Turner, when asked, did not say whether he would resign that position, but he did comment when asked about his run for the Planning Board.
On Tuesday, Conway voters weighed in on four contested races: Board of Selectmen; Police Commission; Budget Committee; and Planning Board, where four candidates vied for two seats.
“If I’m voted in, it tells me people want me to do that job,” said Turner, who ran on a platform of bringing more affordable housing to the Mount Washington Valley.
Turner, according to his business profile, is a Realtor with a North Conway real estate company who specializes in residential and commercial sales. Recently, he served as an assistant coach for the Kennett mountain bike team.
In addition to serving on the Conway Budget Committee, Turner is an at-large member of the Mount Washington Valley Economic Council and its representative to the MWV Regional Collaboration Steering Committee.
Turner’s arrest has been a popular topic on the Facebook page of the town newspaper, the Conway Daily Sun, with many people questioning the timing of the arrest — just before the municipal election.
A much smaller group pointed out that Turner allegedly broke the law and should be punished.
But the larger theme of commenters on the Facebook page — especially given Conway’s proximity to the state of Maine, where recreational use of marijuana is legal — was that Conway police should be focusing their attention on combatting opioid abuse, not on someone growing pot.