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Friday, March 8, 2019

Sutton Man Sentenced On Federal Drug Charges

Defendant continued to cultivate marijuana after federal search warrant was executed

BOSTON – A Sutton man was sentenced today in federal court in Worcester in connection with a large scale marijuana grow operation.

Eric Vallee, 38, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Timothy S. Hillman to six months in prison and two years of supervised release. In June 2018, Vallee pleaded guilty to two counts of manufacturing marijuana and possessing marijuana with intent to distribute.

A search of Vallee’s home in Auburn, Mass., where he maintained a large, commercial-style marijuana grow operation, resulted in the seizure of more than 100 marijuana plants as well as approximately seven pounds of marijuana packaged for distribution, a cash-counting machine, and approximately $13,000. Vallee then moved to a house in Sutton, Mass. where he continued to oversee a large, commercial-style marijuana grow operation. A search of the Sutton home resulted in the seizure of 55 marijuana plants as well as approximately seven pounds of marijuana packaged for distribution and a cash-counting machine. 

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling and Brian D. Boyle, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New England Field Office, made the announcement today. The Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation in Boston and the Auburn and Sutton Police Departments provided valuable assistance with the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Abely of Lelling’s Criminal Division prosecuted the case.

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Updated March 8, 2019