Third man charged in connection with February drug bust in Twin Cities

March 12th, 2018 by admin Leave a reply »

PORTLAND — An Auburn man was arrested and charged today in connection with a Feb. 27 multi-agency, multi-location drug bust in Lewiston and Auburn.

Tyler Poland, 31, of Auburn is the third man charged in connection with the bust, and owns property on Merrow Road where hundreds of pounds of marijuana was seized.

The other men are Brian Bilodeau of Auburn and Richard Daniels of Lewiston.

According to a written statement issued by the U.S. Attorney’s office, Poland has been charged with possession of illegal Ecstasy and marijuana trafficking.

According to the complaint, the charges arose from an investigation into a drug trafficking organization located in the Lewiston-Auburn area that is alleged to have grown and distributed large quantities of marijuana in violation of federal law, and under the cover of, but in violation of, Maine’s Medical Marijuana program.

The organization cultivated marijuana at numerous warehouses in Androscoggin County and distributed marijuana to people who were not participants in Maine’s Medical Marijuana program, including out-of-state customers.

On Feb. 27, federal, state and local law enforcement agents executed over 20 search warrants in the Lewiston-Auburn area. The defendant’s Merrow Road residence and warehouses were searched.

Agents seized about 608 marijuana plants, 366 pounds of processed marijuana, hundreds of Ecstasy pills (weighing more than a kilogram), hundreds of alprazolam pills, and over $156,000.

If convicted, the defendant faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine.

The defendant is expected to make an initial appearance in U.S. District Court today at 3:30 p.m. in Portland.

The investigation is

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