Ex-pharmacist convicted of taking kickbacks arrested for allegedly growing marijuana

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff
Posted Aug. 07, 2012, at 11:28 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — The former pharmacist for the Penobscot Indian Nation’s defunct mail-order drug business has been charged with marijuana cultivation.

Reginald Gracie Jr., 40, of Bowdoin was arrested July 24 after police found 61 marijuana plants growing on his property, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court in Bangor.

Earlier this year, Gracie pleaded guilty to receiving more than $120,000 in kickbacks from six online companies in 2006 in return for making sure the tribe’s mail-order pharmacy, known as PIN Rx, filled the prescriptions of the companies’ customers. He also pleaded guilty to filing false corporate and individual tax returns.

He is scheduled to be sentenced on the federal charges Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Bangor. Gracie most likely will face a longer sentence for being charged with a crime while out on bail.

Before he was arrested for growing marijuana, Gracie faced between three years and five months, and four years and three months in prison under the federal sentencing guidelines. If U.S. District Judge John Woodcock determines Wednesday that Gracie violated his plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office by growing marijuana, the ex-pharmacist could face between four years and nine months, and five years and 11 months in federal prison.

“The defendant told the arresting officers that he grew the marijuana for ‘entertainment and for the science of it’ and also to distribute the drugs to someone who was purportedly suffering from lung cancer,” a supplemental sentencing memorandum filed by the U.S. attorney’s office said. “However, the defendant also admitted to the officers that he was not in compliance with the state laws and regulations governing medical marijuana.”

Gracie agreed on July 27 to be held without bail pending the outcome of his case rather than be subject to a hearing to revoke his personal recognizance bail. Information about where he is being held was not available Tuesday morning.

Marijuana cultivation is a Class D crime in Maine punishable by up to a year in state prison and a fine of up to $2,000.

He is scheduled to be arraigned on that charge on Sept. 18 in West Bath District Court.

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