St. David man pleads guilty to laundering money for ‘prolific drug smuggler’

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff
Posted Feb. 05, 2013, at 10:55 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A St. David man Monday admitted in U.S. District Court that he helped launder money for an Aroostook County man referred to by a federal judge as one of the “most prolific drug smugglers in Maine.”

Alan Morin, 49, waived indictment and pleaded guilty to conspiracy to engage in money laundering.

His sentencing date has not been set.

By pleading guilty, Morin admitted that between September 2005 and November 2008 he helped Paul Corbin, 55, of St. David hide the profits from his longtime marijuana smuggling operation.

Corbin was sentenced in August to eight years in federal prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute marijuana and conspiracy to engage in money laundering.

He is housed at a medium security facility in Fort Dix, N.J., according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons Inmate Locater website.

By pleading guilty Monday, Morin admitted that he helped Corbin purchase a front end loader with drug proceeds. Morin also rented the front end loader from one of Corbin’s businesses, according to the prosecution version of events. Corbin would give Morin between $4,400 and $6,400 in cash each month and Morin would write the drug dealer a check for the same amount.

Morin remains free on personal recognizance bail while awaiting sentencing.

He faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $500,000.

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