The federal trial of the patriarch of the family charged with running a large-scale marijuana growing operation at their Monroe home two years ago is set to begin this week in Bangor.

The trial for 58-year-old James F. Ford is scheduled to begin Tuesday, Nov. 19 at U.S. District Court, according to court records.

Court documents state Chief U.S. District Judge John A. Woodcock Jr. will preside over the trial, which is expected to span two to three days in total, with Ford's defense attorney, Hunter J. Tzovarras of Bangor, estimating his client's portion of the trial would take about a half a day.

James F. Ford, his wife, 58-year-old Darlene Ford and his two sons, James T. and Paul Ford, first drew the attention of law enforcement in November 2011. At that time, police and Maine Drug Enforcement Agents 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, 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 and 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.

James F. Ford pleaded not guilty to 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.

According to previously published reports, 33-year-old Paul Ford of Swanville pleaded guilty to conspiracy to manufacture 100 or more marijuana plants at his parents' Monroe property and manufacturing 50 or more plants at his home in Swanville. Paul Ford entered his guilty plea in May.

His 36-year-old brother, James T. Ford, of Monroe, 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.

Both Darlene and James F. Ford have remained free on bail while awaiting trial.

In September, Darlene Ford's trial moved ahead as scheduled, but after a jury spent nine hours in deliberation and was unable to reach a verdict, Justice Woodcock declared a mistrial. Within days, the court decided to retry Darlene Ford, and court records show that trial will begin next month.

The Fords were arraigned after a federal grand jury indicted the family in September 2012. At that time, the elder James Ford and his two sons were indicted for conspiracy to manufacture 100 or more marijuana plants and for manufacturing 100 marijuana plants or more — "manufacturing" is the federal term for cultivation. The parents were indicted for making their Swan Lake Avenue residence available for manufacturing and storing the drug. Court records also state that James F. and James T. Ford were each indicted for possessing firearms as convicted felons, and the grand jury also indicted Darlene Ford for aiding and abetting her husband's possession of firearms.

Included in the indictment was a directive that James F. and Darlene Ford forfeit their Monroe home and property to the federal government.