Monroe Man Going to Prison for Five Years for Role in Major Pot Growing Operation
A man from Monroe accused of running a major pot operation with his family is going to prison for five years. 35-year-old James T. Ford was sentenced Monday in federal court in Bangor. He’ll also serve 5 years of supervised release when he’s out of prison. Last year, he pleaded guilty to helping grow marijuana in his parents’ home. His brother 32-year-old Paul Ford of Swanville pleaded guilty last month. He’s waiting to be sentenced. Their parents Darlene Ford and James F. Ford, both 57, have pleaded not guilty. The family was arrested in 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 parents are free on bail until their trial.