Second Brother Pleads Guilty to Pot Operation at Parents’ House in Monroe

Catherine Pegram

Updated 1 year ago

The second of two brothers accused of taking part in a major family pot growing operation in Monroe pleaded guilty Tuesday. 32-year-old Paul Ford of Swanville appeared in federal court in Bangor. Last December, 35-year-old James T. Ford of Monroe also admitted to his role in growing marijuana in his parents’ home. He pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm as a felon, too.Tuesday, their mother, 57-year-old Darlene Ford of Monroe, was also arraigned and entered a not guilty plea. Her husband, James F. Ford, has previously pleaded not guilty, too. All of them were arrested in November of 2011 after state drug agents raided their home on Swan Lake Avenue and reportedly found more than $800,000 worth of pot.Agents say they also seized more than 300 plants, along with ten pounds of processed marijuana and two semi-automatic assault weapons.The brother are in federal custody until they’re sentenced. Their parents are free on bail while they wait for their trials.


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