Father of murder suspect indicted on marijuana trafficking charge

Posted Feb. 15, 2013, at 2:53 p.m.

BELFAST, Maine — The father of accused murderer Daniel Porter was indicted this week by the Waldo County Grand Jury for possession and trafficking of 13 pounds of marijuana.

Gary Porter, 56, of Jackson, was growing the marijuana around his home, according to James Pease of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.

“It was just a joint investigation we were doing with the [Maine] Warden Service,” Pease said Friday. “In the fall we get a lot of information and tips on marijuana grows. We were working this one.”

He said that Porter initially was issued a criminal summons in October. The two counts he was indicted on this week are Class C felony charges because of the amount of the drug, Pease said. If convicted, Porter could face up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

Police believe that Porter intended to sell the marijuana, which Pease described as a substantial amount, but one which is not “unheard of” during the harvest season.

Earlier this week, Porter testified at a hearing to determine how much information obtained by police prior to his son’s arrest last February will be heard during Daniel Porter’s murder trial, which is scheduled to take place in April in Waldo County Superior Court.

Daniel Porter, 25, is accused of murdering 31-year-old Jerry Perdomo, a firefighter from Florida, a year ago in a dispute over money and hiding the body on a woods road in Newburgh. Police have said that the two men worked together to illicitly sell prescription drugs in Maine.

Pease said Friday that Gary Porter’s indictment for possession and trafficking has nothing to do with his son’s case.

“Just family business, I guess,” he said.

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