FARMINGTON, Maine – Editor’s Note: The above video aired on July 21, 2020, when Farmington’s cannabis companies were under federal investigation.
A Farmington man pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal charges of conspiring to possess and distribute large amounts of marijuana.
According to court documents, Randal Cousineau was the main financier and 50% partner of an illegal marijuana cultivation facility in Farmington. Cousineau faces life imprisonment and a $ 10 million fine.
Other people are believed to have been part of the plot, including two former Franklin County Deputy Sheriffs, a Wilton Police Officer, a Franklin County Deputy District Attorney, and a former Oxford County Deputy Sheriff, now Dixfield Town Manager. .
According to the criminal complaint, Franklin County Deputy Sheriffs Bradley Scovil of Rangeley and Derick Doucette of Jay used confidential law enforcement information for the benefit of Lucas Sirois of Farmington, the alleged leader of the criminal enterprise. Scovil and Doucette are said to have received cars and property rights for their cooperation. The two former deputy sheriffs are also accused of using their network of active law enforcement agencies to gather information about an active federal investigation into Sirois’ illegal operations.
Wilton Police Officer Kevin Lemay of Farmington, then Oxford County Deputy Sheriff, now Dixfield Town Manager, James McLamb, allegedly used government databases to confirm Scovil and Doucette were under surveillance and the prosecutor Franklin County Deputy Kayla Alves is accused of sharing this information with Scovil. Court documents allege that all three destroyed electronic evidence of their criminal activities in an attempt to hide it from investigators.
Rangeley Selectman David Burgess is accused of taking tens of thousands of dollars in cash in exchange for arguing for Sirois at city government meetings. Burgess reportedly voted to advance a marijuana ordinance that Sirous himself drafted in a municipal referendum. Additionally, court documents also claim that Burgess was paid thousands of dollars a week to handle Sirois’ pot business and never publicly disclosed the conflict of interest.
12 people named in the lawsuit are due to appear in federal court in Bangor over the next few days.
This story will be updated.