April 24, 2018
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Grand jury indicts 3 Monroe family members for growing pot

By Abigail Curtis, BDN Staff

BELFAST, Maine — Three members of a Monroe family accused of growing hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of marijuana in their Swan Lake Avenue garage were among 39 people indicted this week by the Waldo County Grand Jury.

James Francis Ford and his wife, Darlene Ford, both 55, and their son, Paul Ford, 31, all of Monroe, each were charged with one count of marijuana cultivation by the grand jury, which rose Wednesday.

Another son, James T. Ford, 34, of Dixmont, was indicted by the grand jury in February and charged with aggravated cultivation of marijuana and violation of conditions of release.

A November night time raid of the family’s home by members of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and Maine State Police tactical team netted over 300 marijuana plants and 10 pounds of processed marijuana, according to the MDEA. The parents were suspected of harvesting about 20 pounds of marijuana every three months and shipping the product to Massachusetts, according to MDEA Supervisor Jim Pease.

“It was a very high-tech, very sophisticated, very neat grow,” he said then. “It was top-of-the-line everything.”

Police estimated that the street value of the plants could reach as much as $800,000.

In an email sent to the BDN after the raid, James F. Ford wrote that he was impressed by police conduct throughout the night.

“We were treated with dignity and respect,” he wrote. “No one got hurt or mistreated. … I have to stop short of saying this was a pleasurable experience but I was very impressed with the conduct of all the officers involved.”

In an interview earlier this spring, Ford said the family was not getting rich from growing marijuana, adding that they live in an apartment behind the garage.

“We don’t live like some kind of drug kingpins,” he said. “This whole growing marijuana and making money off it, for me, has been nothing more than keeping my head above water.”

Also indicted this week by the Waldo County Grand Jury were:

Charles C. Watson, 32, of Northport, negotiating a worthless instrument.

Kyle B. Young, 26, Lincolnville, unlawful possession of Oxycodone.

Bethany A. Wickham aka Bethany A. Parsons, 35, Bangor, aggravated assault, aggravated criminal trespass, criminal mischief.

Laura Walsh, 26, Swanville, unlawful possession of Vicodin.

William Vandorn, 19, Winterport, aggravated assault, domestic violence assault.

Anthony Ulmer, 36, Winterport, unlawful trafficking in morphine.

Patrick W. Turner, 49, Appleton, burglary, theft by unauthorized taking, trespass by a motor vehicle.

Michael E. Turner, 51, Freedom, negotiating a worthless instrument.

Troy C. Thomas, Jr., 28, Belfast, two counts operating after revocation, forgery, theft of services, improper plates.

David G. Seekins, 37, Winslow, burglary, theft by unauthorized taking.

Bryan G. Ross, 26, Owls Head, aggravated criminal mischief.

Richard L. Robinson, Jr., 52, Belfast, gross sexual assault, unlawful sexual touching.

Michael J. Redding, 23, Belfast, negotiating a worthless instrument.

Douglas Noble, Jr., 22, Belfast, burglary, attempted theft, receiving stolen property, possession of burglary tools.

Jesse Newton, 24, Waldo, unlawful possession of marijuana.

Leroy D. Malcolm, Jr., 29, Detroit, receiving stolen property, theft by unauthorized taking, forgery.

Sidney Low III, 43, Winterport, criminal operating under the influence, operating beyond license condition or restriction.

Bengie E. Littlefield, 40, Brooks, operating after revocation.

Jason A. Lenfest, 38, Swanville, operating after revocation, burglary, unauthorized use of property, theft by unauthorized taking.

Alton E. Lane, Jr., 33, Searsport, operating after revocation.

Richard W. Labonville, 55, Troy, theft by unauthorized taking.

Joshua Kaufmann, 26, Unity, operating after revocation, failure to give correct name.

Luke W. Humphrey, 44, Pittsfield, criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, violation of conditions of release.

Vernal J. Hood, 27, Montville, criminal operating under the influence, operating beyond license condition or restriction, operating after suspension.

Kelly A. Hall, 28, Rockland, aggravated criminal mischief.

Adam W. Gray, 24, Swanville, burglary, possession of burglary tools, attempted theft.

Colan G. Ginn, 35, Stockton Springs, six counts gross sexual assault, six counts unlawful sexual contact, indecent conduct.

Kevin R. Flagg, 46, Belfast, criminal threatening, domestic violence assault, domestic violence terrorizing, refusing to submit to arrest, obstructing report of crime or injury, assault.

Charles E. Eaton, Jr., 50, Lincolnville, assault.

Aaron J. Dimmitt, 38, Montville, domestic violence assault, criminal mischief.

Amanda Bedard, 25, Winterport, unlawful trafficking in Dilaudid, unlawful trafficking in Oxycodone.

Timothy S. Barnes, 56, Troy, two counts unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, criminal operating under the influence.

Jessica M. Dickel, 35, Newburgh, negotiating a worthless instrument.

Daniel P. Barnes, 24, Jackson, assault on a child, endangering the welfare of a child, domestic violence assault.

James Ryan Witham, 31, Belfast, criminal threatening, domestic violence assault, criminal mischief, ten counts violation of condition of release.

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