Biddeford Man Charged With Federal Firearms Offenses
Contact: Craig M. Wolff
Assistant U.S. Attorney
Portland, Maine: United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced today that Timothy
Courtois, 49, of Biddeford, Maine has been charged by criminal complaint with one count of making a
false statement in connection with the acquisition of a firearm and two counts of possession of firearms
by an unlawful user of controlled substances.
The charges stem from Courtois’s arrest on the Maine Turnpike by the Maine State Police on
July 22, 2012. Following his arrest, officers found six firearms and a substance believed to be “K2,” a
synthetic form of marijuana, in Courtois’s car. A search warrant for Courtois’s apartment in Biddeford
revealed several additional firearms and thousands of rounds of ammunition. Subsequent investigation
revealed that on July 20, 2012, Courtois purchased a .223 caliber rifle from Cabela’s in Scarborough,
Maine. In connection with his purchase of the rifle, Courtois represented that he was not an unlawful
user of controlled substances, even though he was using both marijuana and K2.
Courtois faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years and a fine not to exceed $250,000
on each of the three charges. Courtois is currently in state custody and an appearance on the federal
charges has not been scheduled.
The investigation is being conducted by the Maine State Police; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,
Firearms and Explosives; and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
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