Federal judge modifies bail conditions of West Enfield man charged in pot farm …

March 22nd, 2013 by admin Leave a reply »

BANGOR, Maine — A federal judge Thursday modified the bail conditions of a defendant in a Washington County marijuana production case after the man attempted suicide Monday night.

Malcolm A. French, 51, of West Enfield attempted to hang himself at his mother’s home, where he has been living, according to court documents. When deputies with the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office and an ambulance crew responded, French, his wife and mother denied that he had attempted suicide. All three told the police and the emergency medical technicians that French had fallen down the stairs.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Margaret Kravchuk ordered that French undergo psychological counseling, take all medications as prescribed, remove all alcohol from his home and be tested for the use of alcohol in addition to other conditions that include no use of drugs without a prescription and testing for their use.

French was one of five men and a Maine corporation indicted in September by a federal grand jury in connection with operation of the largest pot farm shut down by law enforcement in the state’s history. He has pleaded not guilty to one count each of conspiracy to manufacture 1,000 or more marijuana plants and manufacturing 1,000 or more marijuana plants, two counts of maintaining a drug-involved place and three counts of harboring illegal aliens.

Also indicted were Robert Berg, 49, of Dexter; Rodney Russell, 48, of South Thomaston; Kendall Chase, 55, of Bradford and Moises Soto, 52, of Nuevo Leon,

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