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Second man charged in Lewiston-Auburn federal marijuana raid

February 28th, 2018

Local, state and federal law enforcement agents seized vehicles belonging to Brian Bilodeau from a garage at his home on Danville Corner Road in Auburn on Tuesday morning. Later on Tuesday, Bilodeau was arrested on gun and drug charges. (Andree Kehn/Sun Journal)

A sign on the door of a locked up Euro-Motors sales office directed potential customers Wednesday to a phone number, one day after an adjoining warehouse was raided by federal agents who seized marijuana plants. (Andree Kehn/Sun Journal)

PORTLAND — An Auburn man associated with a large marijuana growing operation in the Twin Cities whose home was raided Tuesday by federal agents is now facing gun and drug charges.

Brian J. Bilodeau, 33, of 72 Danville Corner Road was arrested Tuesday and charged Wednesday. He is scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court Wednesday afternoon for an initial appearance on charges of illegal possession of a firearm in relation to drug trafficking and possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

Prosecutors were seeking to have Bilodeau held without bail pending a detention hearing.

Federal, state and local law enforcement agents executed more than 20 search warrants in the Lewiston-Auburn area associated with a marijuana growing organization Tuesday.

Agents searched Bilodeau’s home, where they seized about 183 pounds of marijuana, butane hash oil, a loaded .380 caliber pistol, a loaded 9mm pistol, an unloaded .45 caliber pistol, and an unloaded .22 caliber rifle. Agents also seized a 2016 Lamborghini Huracan and a black

Article source: http://www.sunjournal.com/second-twin-cities-man-charged-in-federal-pot-raid/

Federal Agents Arrest 1 in Wave of Raids in Lewiston Area

February 28th, 2018

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Federal agents arrest 1 in wave of raids in Lewiston area

February 28th, 2018

Federal authorities have arrested a Maine man during a raid of more than 20 properties in the Lewiston and Auburn area as part of a drug trafficking investigation.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Tuesday they were investigating a trafficking organization that grew and distributed large quantities of marijuana under the cover of the state’s medical marijuana program. The Sun-Journal reports 52-year-old Richard “Stitch” Daniels faces up to 20 years in prison under drug possession and manufacturing charges.

Daniels appeared at court in Portland Tuesday, where he indicated he wanted a lawyer who specializes in his type of case.

Federal agents say they seized more than 50 kilograms (110 pounds) of marijuana and six jars filled with butane hash oil from Daniel’s residence, alongside other drugs.

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Lewiston man charged as state, federal officials seize pot plants and …

February 28th, 2018

Law enforcement agents take plants out of a building Tuesday morning on Lincoln Street in Lewiston. Andree Kehn/Sun Journal

LEWISTON — A Lewiston man was charged with marijuana trafficking and manufacturing butane hash oil following a series of raids by state and federal law enforcement officers in Lewiston and Auburn on Tuesday morning.

Richard “Stitch” Daniels, 52, was charged in U.S. District Court in a criminal complaint that alleges a drug trafficking organization in Lewiston-Auburn grew and distributed large quantities of marijuana under the cover of Maine’s medical marijuana program, but sold marijuana to buyers who were not participants in the program and included out-of-state customers.

The enforcement action involving marijuana is the third in less than two months by U.S. Attorney Halsey B. Frank, whose boss, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions repealed an Obama administration policy that said the federal government would not pursue marijuana possession cases in most circumstances.

Late last month, Frank announced that a Bangor man pleaded guilty to federal charges related to a large marijuana-growing operation in the Waldo County town of Frankfort. On Feb. 16, an Etna man pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to conspiring to manufacture, distribute and possess with intent to distribute marijuana, also in Frankfort.

Early in January, Frank had responded to questions about whether his office would change its approach to enforcing federal laws against marijuana possession and use by saying that while such cases have

Article source: https://www.pressherald.com/2018/02/27/lewiston-federal-officials-raiding-several-sites-including-home-warehouse/

Lewiston man charged as state, federal officials seize pot plants, luxury cars, in raids

February 27th, 2018

LEWISTON — A Lewiston man was ordered held without bail Tuesday on charges of marijuana trafficking and butane hash oil manufacturing following a series of morning raids by state and federal law enforcement officers in multiple locations in Lewiston and Auburn.

Richard “Stitch” Daniels, 52, was charged in U.S. District Court on Tuesday with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and manufacturing butane hash oil.

The raids, including at a home on Danville Corner Road in Auburn and at a warehouse at 1830 Lisbon St. in Lewiston, stemmed from an investigation into a trafficking organization in Lewiston-Auburn, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The complaint alleges that the drug trafficking organization grew and distributed large quantities of marijuana under the cover of Maine’s medical marijuana program, but sold marijuana to buyers who were not participants in the program and included out-of-state customers.

The organization also grew marijuana as a precursor to manufacturing marijuana concentrates known as butane hash oil and shatter, a product made from butane hash oil, officials said.

The raid comes weeks after U.S. Attorney Halsey Frank said, in response to questions about whether his office would change its approach to enforcing federal laws against marijuana possession and use, that while such cases have not been a priority, he couldn’t say that would continue.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions last year repealed an Obama administration policy that said the federal government would not pursue those cases in most circumstances.

The Obama policy was adopted as more states were making the sale

Article source: https://www.pressherald.com/2018/02/27/lewiston-federal-officials-raiding-several-sites-including-home-warehouse/

Dropouts, straw polls hint at who to take seriously in crowded Maine governor’s race

February 27th, 2018

Good morning from Augusta. We’ve been talking about the 2018 governor’s race for a long time, but it now feels like the campaign to replace Gov. Paul LePage is taking off in earnest, with two Democrats leaving the race since Friday and a Republican debate tonight in Waterville.

The two exits show some specific problems on the Democratic side. Former state Sen. Jim Boyle of Gorham exited on Friday and former Bangor Mayor Sean Faircloth left on Saturday to endorse former House Speaker Mark Eves in what is now an 11-way Democratic primary.

Boyle gained little financial traction after jumping into the race in July and Faircloth likely got into the race too late. His mid-December bid as a Clean Election candidate always had a high probability of failure and he said in a statement that he was “simply not on pace” to qualify.

Eight Clean Election candidates remain in the race. Senate Majority Leader Garrett Mason, R-Lisbon Falls, has already qualified. Independent State Treasurer Terry Hayes and Democratic lobbyist Betsy Sweet — the other prominent Clean Election candidates — still must submit 3,200 contributions of $5 or more by April 2.

The Democratic field will likely winnow further soon. Five longshot candidates are left on that side. Financial filings for former state Rep. Diane Russell and state Sen. Mark Dion showed worrying signs at 2017’s end. Attorney General Janet Mills, attorney Adam Cote and Eves likely lead that field for now, while Republicans’ five-way contest is more stable.

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Article source: http://bangordailynews.com/link/dropouts-straw-polls-hint-at-who-to-take-seriously-in-crowded-maine-governors-race/

Maine man charged with possessing 21 pounds of pot in New Hampshire

February 26th, 2018

A Sidney man was arrested Monday in New Hampshire after a New Hampshire state trooper discovered 21 pounds of marijuana in the trunk of his car during a traffic stop on Interstate 95 in North Hampton, police said.

New Hampshire State Police said in a news release that Jakob Lemieux, 27, had been stopped while heading north at about 2:20 p.m. by Trooper Travis Brown for a moving violation. Brown conducted a road side investigation and found the marijuana in the trunk of Lemieux’s 1990 Chrysler Le Baron.

Lemieux was charged with possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute. He was arraigned Feb. 20 at Rockingham Superior Court.

 


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Article source: https://www.pressherald.com/2018/02/24/maine-man-arrested-for-possessing-21-pounds-of-pot-in-n-h/

BIW, billionaire, Verizon among Maine’s top spenders on lobbying

February 26th, 2018

AUGUSTA — A shipyard fighting for tax breaks and a California billionaire pushing to pass a victim rights amendment in Maine are among the top spenders on lobbyists so far this year, according to ethics commission reports.

Maine lobbyists this month reported more than $330,000 in pay since December from clients ranging from Verizon to renewable energy companies.

Bath Iron Works, which says it has invested more than $500 million in the shipyard since 1996, has reported spending about $16,000 so far to preserve a tax credit program worth tens of millions and due to end this year. Staff photo by Shawn Patrick Ouellette

Maine’s legislative committees are finishing up much of their work, but key decisions remain on issues such as Medicaid expansion, marijuana legalization, ranked-choice voting and tax conformity. Lawmakers are due to leave Augusta in mid-April.

Lobbyists reported $5.2 million in compensation last year and $2.5 million in 2016.

Bath Iron Works has reported spending about $16,000 so far to preserve a tax credit program worth tens of millions and due to end this year. The General Dynamics-owned company’s general counsel, Jon Fitzgerald, told lawmakers it has delivered on its promises and invested more than $500 million in its facility since 1996.

Fitzgerald said Bath Iron Works, which builds Navy destroyers, is competing with larger shipyards that receive significant state support. But a number of Maine residents have called on lawmakers to reject $60 million in “corporate welfare” to General Dynamics.

Lawmakers haven’t made a decision

Article source: https://www.pressherald.com/2018/02/24/shipyard-wireless-carriers-among-maines-top-lobbyist-spenders/

Kennebec County courts Feb. 15-21

February 26th, 2018

AUGUSTA — This is a roundup of cases closed Feb. 15-21, 2018, at courts in Augusta and Waterville.

Joshua T. Allen, 31, of Waterville, operating under the influence Feb. 19, 2018, in Augusta; $500 fine, 150-day license suspension.

Christopher David Ashley Sr., 24, of Gray, violating protection from abuse order Feb. 11, 2018, in Augusta; seven-day jail sentence.

Destiny Bailey, 20, of Waterville, domestic violence assault June 10, 2016, in Augusta; 364-day Department of Corrections sentence all but 63 days suspended, one-year probation, $369.14 restitution.

Kayla Rea Beaudoin, 32, of Belgrade, operating while license suspended or revoked May 28, 2017, in Oakland; $600 fine, 10-day jail sentence, one-year license suspension.

Aaron Michael Brann, 19, of Gardiner, burglary Aug. 2, 2017, in Gardiner; three-year jail sentence all but 60 days suspended, two-year probation, $865 restitution; theft by unauthorized taking or transfer Aug. 2, 2017, in Gardiner; 60-day jail sentence; theft by unauthorized taking or transfer, same date and town, dismissed.

Betsy A. Brann, 39, of Windsor, operating while license suspended or revoked Jan. 20, 2018, in Winslow, dismissed.

Jerry E. Carson, 52, of Winslow, failure to register vehicle Jan. 1, 2018, in Winslow; $100 fine.

Joshua Ryan Chapman, 34, of Kennebunk, attaching false plates Nov. 9, 2017, in Augusta, dismissed.

Angelina R. Colon, 29, of Bronx, New York, unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs Nov. 8, 2017, in Waterville; $400 fine, two-year and six-month Department of Corrections sentence; unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs Nov. 9, 2017, in Waterville; $400 fine, $400 suspended, two-year and six-month Department of Corrections sentence; unlawful trafficking

Article source: https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/02/25/kennebec-county-courts-feb-15-21/