Medway man pleads guilty to distributing marijuana

Posted June 25, 2009, at 1:39 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 12:16 p.m.

PORTLAND — A Medway man charged with distributing nearly 300 pounds of marijuana in the Millinocket area for Chad Marquis, 33, of Fort Kent pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court in Portland to drug and attempted Social Security fraud charges.

Michael Donato, 49, admitted that from 2003 until Marquis’ arrest in May 2007 he sold marijuana from his home. He also pleaded guilty to failing to report the proceeds from his drug sales to Social Security while he was receiving disability benefits.

He faces a mandatory minimum of five years in federal prison on the drug conspiracy charge. Donato, who had been free on $15,000 unsecured bail since his arraignment in November, will be held without bail until his sentencing, scheduled for Oct. 1 in Portland.