Father, son living in Guilford accused of selling marijuana in Vermont

Posted Oct. 29, 2013, at 5:37 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A father and son who have been living in Guilford for the past year are facing drug charges in federal court in Vermont.

Rodney Aldrich, 51, and Justin Aldrich, 23, were indicted Oct. 22 by a grand jury in Burlington on one count each of conspiracy to distribute 100 kilograms or more of marijuana between 2007 and 2010 in Vermont and elsewhere.

They were arrested Friday in Guilford.

Justin Aldrich on Monday agreed to be held without bail pending the outcome of the case when he appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Margaret Kravchuk in U.S. District Court in Bangor.

Kravchuk set bail on Tuesday for Rodney Aldrich at $5,000 unsecured. Conditions of his release include living in a Guilford residence, undergoing treatment for substance abuse and appearing in federal court in Burlington on Nov.14 for arraignment. An arraignment date has not been set for Justin Aldrich.

The charges resulted from an investigation into the drug smuggling activities of the younger Aldrich, according to court documents. Members of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s Burlington, Vermont Task Force in August and September 2011 oversaw two controlled buys of marijuana from Justin Aldrich.

The confidential informant who worked with the task force said that Justin Aldrich got the marijuana from Canada, according to court documents. The informant told authorities that Justin Aldrich once brought about 15 pounds of marijuana to his father’s home, located near the Canadian border in Vermont.

Court documents do not say whether the men allegedly sold marijuana in Maine.

If convicted, both men face between five and 40 years in federal prison and fines of up to $5 million.

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