Raids in Lewiston-Auburn lead to drug trafficking charges opposite third man

Another male has been charged in tie with a series of raids on an alleged, large-scale pot trafficking operation in Lewiston-Auburn.

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

According to a censure unblocked Monday, a charges opposite Poland grew out of a series of raids by law coercion officers on Feb. 27 on purported pot operations in a Lewiston-Auburn area. Federal officials pronounced a flourishing operation was purportedly partial of a Maine medical pot program, though pot was sole to those not in a module and to out-of-state customers.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office pronounced Poland’s home on Merrow Road and a room were raided, and agents seized some-more than 600 pot plants, 366 pounds of processed marijuana, hundreds of Ecstasy pills, hundreds of alprazolam pills and some-more than $156,000. Alprazolam is a opiate used in a diagnosis of stress disorders.

Poland faces adult to 20 years in jail and a excellent of adult to $1 million if convicted.

Police have also arrested Richard “Stitch” Daniels, 52, of Lewiston, and Brian J. Bilodeau, 33, of Auburn, in tie with a purported pot flourishing and offered operation. Daniels is charged with pot trafficking and crush oil production and Bilodeau has been charged with bootleg possession of a firearm in propinquity to drug trafficking and possession with vigilant to discharge marijuana.

Authorities pronounced that Daniels’ garage contained a laboratory to make crush oil, that is done with marijuana. Bilodeau, a obvious pledge golfer in Maine, was arrested after authorities searched his home and found 183 pounds of marijuana, crush oil and installed pistols and a rifle. Authorities also seized a 2016 Lamborghini Huracan, valued during $190,000, and a 2014 Nissan GT-R, valued during $60,000, observant a vehicles could have been bought with deduction from drug trafficking or used in tie with drug trafficking or income laundering.

Federal officials have not pronounced either they will moment down on pot traffic in a arise of a preference by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to dissolution an Obama Administration process that pronounced sovereign officials would not pursue pot possession cases in many circumstances, quite in states that have authorized medical pot or a recreational use of marijuana. Maine electorate authorized a use of medical pot in 1999 and in a indirect years set adult a complement of caregivers and dispensaries to supply a drug.

Voters authorized a recreational use of pot in 2016, though a state is still putting together a regulatory complement to control flourishing and offered a drug.

In further to a raids in Lewiston-Auburn, U.S. Attorney Halsey B. Frank final month performed guilty pleas from dual group concerned in vast pot flourishing operations in Frankfort.

Frank has pronounced that posterior many pot possession cases has not been a priority in his office, nonetheless he would not contend that would continue to be a box in light of Sessions’ change of policy.

Edward D. Murphy can be contacted during 791-6465 or at:

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