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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Maine

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Monroe Woman Sentenced to 6½ Years for Firearm and Drug Convictions

Contact: Andrew McCormack
Assistant United States Attorney
Tel: (207) 945-0373

Bangor, Maine:  United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Darlene Ford, 59, of Monroe, was sentenced in U.S. District Court by Judge John A. Woodcock, Jr. to 6½ years in prison, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release, for conspiring to manufacture marijuana, maintaining a drug involved premises, and aiding and abetting a felon in possession of a firearm.  Ford was found guilty after a jury trial on February 6, 2014.

Court proceedings revealed that in November 2011 a search warrant was executed at the defendant’s home in Monroe where agents found a large and sophisticated indoor marijuana growing operation and two rifles.  Trial evidence revealed that the defendant and other family members conspired to grow hundreds of marijuana plants at the residence.  The defendant also illegally aided and abetted her husband, a convicted felon, to possess the two rifles found during the search of her home.

The investigation was conducted by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office and the Maine State Police.

Updated February 25, 2015