Orneville man pleads guilty to growing marijuana with brother

Posted Aug. 03, 2011, at 4:28 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — An Orneville Township man pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court to manufacturing marijuana.

Bradley Stone, 47, was arrested in September with his brother Michael Stone, 50, of Orneville Township on federal charges.

Michael Stone pleaded guilty in April to same drug charge his brother did.

The Stones were arrested on Sept. 21 at their homes on Lyford Road, according to the prosecution’s version of events filed in federal court. In a wooded area behind the houses, agents found more than 30 marijuana plants.

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Both men signed plea agreements with prosecutors and each waived his right to appeal his sentence if it was less than six months in federal prison.

Michael Stone also was charged with possession of firearms by an illegal drug user. The plea agreement calls for the gun charge to be dropped at sentencing.

Both men remain free on $1,000 unsecured bail. Sentencing dates have not been set. Each man faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

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