A second male has been charged in tie with a major drug raid that sovereign and internal officers done on pot flourishing operations in Lewiston and Auburn on Tuesday.
Brian J. Bilodeau, 33, was arrested Tuesday after sovereign agents raided his home during 72 Danville Corner Road in Auburn.
He done his initial coming in U.S. District Court in Portland on Wednesday afternoon on charges of bootleg possession of a firearm in propinquity to drug trafficking and possession with vigilant to discharge marijuana, pronounced Donald Clark, a orator for a U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Bilodeau did not enter a defence and was systematic hold though bail tentative a apprehension hearing, expected to be on Monday, Clark said.
Federal, state and internal law coercion agents executed some-more than 20 hunt warrants in a Lewiston-Auburn area Tuesday, targeting what a U.S. Attorney’s Office says is a drug trafficking classification that grew and distributed vast quantities of pot underneath a cover of Maine’s medical pot program.
The classification also grew pot as a predecessor for a bootleg make of pot concentrates famous as butane crush oil and “shatter,” a product done from butane crush oil, according to justice papers.
The coercion movement involving pot is a third in reduction than dual months by U.S. Attorney Halsey B. Frank, whose boss, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, repealed an Obama administration process that pronounced a sovereign supervision would not pursue pot possession cases in many circumstances.
Agents searched Bilodeau’s home, where they seized a reported 183 pounds of marijuana, butane crush oil, a installed .380-caliber pistol, a installed 9mm pistol, an unloaded .45-caliber pistol and an unloaded .22-caliber rifle.
The marijuana, crush oil and one gun were found in a petrify room measuring 8 feet by 10 feet in a groundwork of Bilodeau’s home that was cumulative by a steel safe door, according to an confirmation filed by a sovereign drug representative in justice papers. Two guns were found in a master bedroom; one was fibbing atop a nightstand, loaded. The purloin was located in another bedroom.
Agents also seized a 2016 Lamborghini Huracan, valued during $190,000, and a black 2014 Nissan GT-R, valued during $60,000, since a automobiles could potentially be dispossessed as deduction from drug trafficking, assisted in drug trafficking or were concerned in income laundering offenses.
Bilodeau done a $95,500 money down remuneration on a Lamborghini to a play in North Miami Beach, Florida, in Mar 2017. His monthly payments on a automobile were $2,671.61, according to justice papers.
Also on Tuesday, sovereign agents arrested Richard “Stitch” Daniels, 52, and charged him with possession with vigilant to discharge pot and production butane crush oil. An confirmation accuses Daniels of carrying perceived pot from a flourishing classification to sell outward of Maine, and to remove concentrates from a cannabis.
If convicted, Bilodeau faces adult to 20 years in jail and a $1 million excellent on a drug charge, and between 5 years and life in jail and a $250,000 excellent on a firearms charge.
Bilodeau has no rapist record though does have a array of pushing convictions, including speeding in 2014 and 2017, dual philosophy of disaster to arrangement a current registration plate, and handling a engine car with a newcomer who had an open enclosure of alcohol.
He had practical in 2016 in Lewiston as a caregiver in tie with a medical pot trickery permit.
Bilodeau is an achieved pledge golfer and a unchanging aspirant in a Maine Amateur.
Late final month, Frank announced that a Bangor male pleaded guilty to sovereign charges associated to a vast marijuana-growing operation in a Waldo County city of Frankfort.
On Feb. 16, an Etna male pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to conspiring to manufacture, discharge and possess with vigilant to discharge marijuana, also in Frankfort.
Press Herald Staff Writers Ed Murphy and Dennis Hoey contributed to this report.