BANGOR, Maine — A Pittston man pleaded not guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court to having more than 500 oxycodone pills in his house and vehicle.
George David Lavoie, 50, was indicted on Dec. 16 by a federal grand jury on a charge of possession with intent to distribute the opium derivative prescribed for chronic pain.
Kennebec County sheriff’s deputies raided Lavoie’s Pittston residence on Nov. 20 and found a total of 531 80-milligram oxycodone tablets.
One hundred were found in a pill bottle in the pocket of a jacket found on the passenger seat of Lavoie’s Volkswagen.
Deputies found the rest of the pills in a safe in the master bedroom, according to court documents, along with $16,350 in cash.
Lavoie allegedly admitted that he had acquired many of the pills from out of state and that the money was from selling the pills.
If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $1 million.
Lavoie is free on $10,000 unsecured bail.
A trial tentatively has been set for Feb. 3 in federal court in Bangor.