Former Operator of Waterville Medical Marijuana Business Sentenced on Federal Drug and Firearm Charges
BANGOR, Maine: A Benton man was sentenced today in federal court for distribution of cocaine and marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of firearms by an unlawful user of controlled substances, Acting U.S. Attorney Donald E. Clark announced.
Senior U.S. District Judge John A. Woodcock, Jr. sentenced Daniel Hall, 32, to 27 months in prison and three years of supervised release. Judge Woodcock also entered an order requiring Hall to forfeit almost $16,000 in cash, two shotguns, one handgun and ammunition. Hall pleaded guilty on January 5, 2021.
According to court records, on January 29, 2020, Hall distributed cocaine and marijuana to a confidential informant at Green Thumb Organics (GTO), Hall’s Waterville medical marijuana store. The informant did not have a medical marijuana patient card.
On February 19, 2020, investigators executed federal search warrants at GTO and Hall’s residence in Benton. At GTO, agents seized approximately three pounds of processed marijuana and “edible” marijuana items that in total weighed less than 50 kilograms. Agents also seized records, approximately $16,000 in cash proceeds, a video surveillance system and items of paraphernalia. At Hall’s residence, agents seized personal use quantities of drugs, drug paraphernalia, two shotguns, a handgun and ammunition.
“This was a great collaborative effort that resulted in the successful investigation and prosecution of Daniel Hall,” said Waterville Chief of Police Joseph Massey. “This was an important case because Mr. Hall owned and operated a medical marijuana business in Waterville where he illegally sold marijuana and other illegal drugs.”
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Waterville Police Department and the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case.