Three Family Members Accused of Monroe Pot Operation Headed to Court
Three of the four family members charged in connection with a major pot growing operation in Monroe pleaded not guilty Wednesday.32-year-old Paul Ford of Swanville appeared in federal court in Bangor Wednesday morning. His brother 35-year-old James T. Ford and mother 57-year old Darlene Ford appeared Wednesday afternoon. 57-year-old James F. Ford is expect be in court on Friday. All of them were arrested last November after state drug agents raided their home on Swan Lake Avenue and say they found more than $800,000 worth of pot. Agents reportedly seized more than 300 plants, along with 10 pounds of processed marijuana and two semi automatic assault weapons.The men were indicted earlier this month for conspiracy and manufacturing of 100 or more marijuana plants.The parents were indicted for maintaining a drug-involved place. Three of the family members face weapons charges, too.