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
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.