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

February 27th, 2018 by admin Leave a reply »

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U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions last year repealed an Obama administration policy that said the federal government would not pursue those cases in most circumstances.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

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