Distributor sentenced for role in St. David pot ring

Posted June 30, 2009, at 10:43 a.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 11:46 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — The New Hampshire distributor for a St. David man serving a life sentence for running a marijuana smuggling ring has been sentenced to three months in federal prison.

Jeffrey Dubois, 44, of Manchester, N.H., waived indictment, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute marijuana, and was sentenced last Thursday in U.S. District Court.

U.S. District Judge John Woodcock also sentenced Dubois to three years of supervised release and ordered him to pay a $500 fine. The judge stayed the imposition of sentence until July 24.

Dubois faced up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million. Under the prevailing federal sentencing guidelines, the recommended sentence was between 12 and 18 months.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office urged the judge to reduce Dubois’ sentence because he had cooperated with authorities.

Dubois, also known as “Jeff the Plumber,” testified two years ago against Michael Pelletier, 53, who was convicted of running a marijuana distribution ring that stretched from the St. John Valley to southern Maine and New Hampshire. Dubois also testified against three others — Archie Ladner, 44, of Easton, Raymond “Rocky” Fogg, 56, of Winn and Anthony Caparotta, 44, of Caribou.

Pelletier was convicted by a jury in July 2007 on drug, money laundering and Social Security fraud charges. He received disability benefits due to a farm accident when he was 12 which left him paralyzed from the waist down.

Fogg and Caparotta were convicted in June 2008 of conspiracy to distribute marijuana. The jury also found Fogg guilty of Social Security fraud. Caparotta was sentenced in October to five years and eight months in prison. Fogg was sentenced in January to five years and three months in prison.

Ladner, 44, of Easton was found not guilty in July 2007 of drug charges. Ladner, who was accused of being a driver in the drug conspiracy, died May 25, 2008, of natural causes.

Three others — Ben Dionne, 29, of St. David, John “Scooch” or “Scoochy” Pascucci, 50, of Gorham and Michael Easler 28, of St. David — pleaded guilty to drug and other charges related to their involvement in Pelletier’s operation.

Dionne was sentenced in May to 24 months in prison. Easler was sentenced in August 2007 to 12 years in prison. Pascucci is expected to be sentenced later this summer.

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