Monroe man sentenced to 46 months in prison for role in family pot growing operation

By Ben Holbrook | Jun 10, 2014
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Bangor — The youngest son of a Monroe family that operated a large scale marijuana growing operation was sentenced in U.S. District Court Monday, June 9.

Paul Ford, 33, of Monroe, was sentenced to 46 months in prison with five years of supervised release after pleading guilty to charges of conspiracy to manufacture marijuana and manufacturing marijuana on May 7, 2013.

According to a news release from the Department of Justice, Paul Ford and his family operated a “large and sophisticated indoor marijuana growing operation” out of the home of his parents, James F. Ford and Darlene Ford, in Monroe from 2006 until November of 2011.

When agents with Maine Drug Enforcement raided her family's Swan Lake Avenue home in late 2011, police seized about $800,000 worth of marijuana and an additional $80,000 in growing equipment, such as lights and a hydration system, according to previously published reports.

According to previously published reports, drug agents found the growing operation in the garage section of the home, and seized more than 300 marijuana plants in various stages of growth. The raid also resulted in the discovery of 10 pounds of processed marijuana and two semi-automatic assault weapons.

Darlene Ford and her husband, 58-year-old James F. Ford, were suspected of harvesting about 20 pounds of marijuana every three months and shipping it to Massachusetts, MDEA stated at the time of the arrests, according to previously published reports.

Paul's brother, James T. Ford, 36, also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to manufacture 100 or more marijuana plants, manufacturing 100 or more marijuana plants and being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition in December 2012.

James F. Ford and Darlene Ford are awaiting sentencing on charges related to the marijuana operation. Darlene was found guilty of conspiracy to manufacture 100 or more marijuana plants, maintaining a drug-involved place and aiding and abetting a felon in possession of a firearm, according to previously published reports. James F. Ford was found guilty of conspiracy to manufacture 100 or more marijuana plants, manufacturing 100 or more marijuana plants, maintaining a drug-involved place, and being a felon in possession of a firearm

 

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