May 22, 2018
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Frenchville man gets probation in money-laundering case

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

BANGOR — A Frenchville man was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Bangor to two years of probation for helping a convicted marijuana smuggler buy a farmhouse four years ago.

Richard “Ricky” Daigle, 36, also was ordered to pay more than $50,000 in restitution, the purchase price of the St. David property he helped buy for Michael Pelletier of St. David.

Daigle agreed to deliver cash provided by Pelletier to Pelletier’s attorney. Daigle also signed a purchase and sale agreement as purchaser of the property. Pelletier gave Daigle cash in a plastic shopping bag to pay for the property.

Pelletier is serving a life sentence in federal prison for smuggling marijuana across the Canadian border and running a distribution operation from the St. John Valley to Portland.

In a plea agreement with prosecutors last year, Daigle agreed to testify against Pelletier in exchange for a lesser sentence. The Frenchville man waived indictment and pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting money laundering.

Pelletier, according to court documents, didn’t want the transaction in his name because he received disability benefits. He lost the use of his legs in a farm accident when he was 12 and has used a wheelchair since then.


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