Man pleads guilty to marijuana charges

Posted June 25, 2010, at 1:50 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 11:37 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A Van Buren man pleaded guilty Friday in U.S. District Court to two counts of distributing marijuana and one count of importing marijuana in February.

Allen Gagnon admitted that on Feb. 24 he walked across the frozen St. John River in white camouflage gear and brought back bags of marijuana.

A sentencing date has not been set.

Gagnon also admitted giving some of the marijuana that same night to Dean Pelletier. Pelletier, who died a few days after he was released on bail for being part of the operation, was the brother of Michael Pelletier of St. David, who is serving a life sentence in federal prison for running a marijuana distribution ring.

The U.S. Attoney’s Office has said that Gagnon’s operation was not related to Michael Pelletier’s.