Drug Trafficker Convicted 

A 56-year-old northern Maine man faces a

mandatory life sentence following his conviction on drug

trafficking, money laundering and other charges.

Michael Pelletier, formerly of Madawaska, was found guilty by a

federal court jury late Thursday evening following a six-day trial

in Bangor.

Prosecutors said Pelletier and others imported more than

two-thousand pounds of marijuana from Canada and distributed it

throughout Maine between 2003 and 2006.

Officials said Pelletier used the proceeds from his

marijuana-trafficking operation to buy real estate, vehicles, farm

equipment, horses and all-terrain vehicles.

He was also convicted of Social Security fraud because he was

receiving disability checks at the time of his illegal activities.