Raids in Lewiston-Auburn lead to drug trafficking charges against …

March 13th, 2018 by admin Leave a reply »

Another man has been charged in connection with a series of raids on an alleged, large-scale marijuana trafficking operation in Lewiston-Auburn.

Tyler Poland, 31, of Auburn was arrested and charged Monday with illegal trafficking in the drug Ecstasy and marijuana.

According to the complaint unsealed Monday, the charges against Poland grew out of a series of raids by law enforcement officers on Feb. 27 on alleged marijuana operations in the Lewiston-Auburn area. Federal officials said the growing operation was purportedly part of the Maine medical marijuana program, but marijuana was sold to those not in the program and to out-of-state customers.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Poland’s home on Merrow Road and a warehouse were raided, and agents seized more than 600 marijuana plants, 366 pounds of processed marijuana, hundreds of Ecstasy pills, hundreds of alprazolam pills and more than $156,000. Alprazolam is a sedative used in the treatment of anxiety disorders.

Poland faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million if convicted.

Police have also arrested Richard “Stitch” Daniels, 52, of Lewiston, and Brian J. Bilodeau, 33, of Auburn, in connection with the alleged marijuana growing and selling operation. Daniels is charged with marijuana trafficking and hash oil manufacturing and Bilodeau has been charged with illegal possession of a firearm in relation to drug trafficking and possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

Authorities said that Daniels’ garage contained a laboratory to make hash oil, which is made

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