Former Maine officials plead guilty for connection to marijuana operation
Two former Franklin County Sheriff’s deputies and a former town selectman have pleaded guilty in federal court for their roles in an illegal marijuana operation in western Maine. According to WGME CBS 13, the defendants were part of a criminal conspiracy involved in the industrial cultivation and distribution of marijuana, with the operation estimated to be worth $13 million. Former deputies Derrick Doucette and Bradley Scovil admitted to tipping off the operation’s leader about a federal investigation, receiving cars and money in return, while former selectman David Burgess accepted cash to advocate for the operator in local decision-making.
In a plea deal, Doucette and Scovil have waived their right to appeal, provided their sentences do not exceed four years and nine months. Burgess, on the other hand, has also waived his right to appeal, as long as his sentence remains below nine years. The sentencing dates for all three individuals are yet to be determined. The alleged ringleader, Lucas Sirois, has already pleaded guilty in a separate case, and former Assistant District Attorney Kayla Alves has pleaded guilty to federal charges related to the operation, resulting in a nine-month suspension of her law license.