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District of Maine

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Dexter Man Pleads Guilty to Marijuana Conspiracy

Bangor, Maine:  United States Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced that Terrence Sawtelle, a/k/a “Terry,” 49, of Dexter, Maine pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court to conspiring to manufacture, distribute, and possess with intent to distribute marijuana. 

According to court records, during a period of time between October 2010 and August 2016, the defendant conspired with others to illegally manufacture and distribute marijuana at a facility in Frankfort, Maine and to distribute it at the Owl’s Club, in Bangor in violation of federal law, and under the cover of, but in violation of, Maine’s Medical Marijuana program. 

In May 2016, agents searched the Frankfort facility and seized marijuana in various stages of harvest and cultivation, together with paraphernalia and items used to manufacture and process marijuana.  In August 2016, agents searched property in downtown Bangor, including the Owl’s Club, and seized processed marijuana.  At the time of the searches, the location of the Frankfort facility was not reported to DHHS as required.     

The defendant faces up to 20 years in prison, between three years and life of supervised release, and a $1,000,000 fine.  The defendant will be sentenced after the completion of a presentence investigation report by the U.S. Probation Office.   

The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. 

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Jody Mullis Assistant United States Attorney Tel: (207) 945-0373
Updated June 28, 2018