Last 6 people allegedly involved in illegal marijuana operation and money laundering scheme appear in Bangor court
FARMINGTON – A criminal affidavit filed in federal court describes how the FBI alleges intercepted phone calls, deleted text messages and Facebook messages link a dozen people to what it calls an operation of illicit cultivation and distribution of marijuana and money laundering.
Six of the 12 people named in the lawsuit appeared on Friday for an initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Bangor. The other six appeared in court Thursday. All except Lucas Sirois, 41, of Farmington, who is believed to be the leader of the conspiracy, have been released on personal bail. Sirois is on a guaranteed bond of $ 500,000.
Six of them handed over their passports to court on Friday, including Sirois; former Franklin County MPs Brad Scovil, 33, Rangeley and Derrick Doucette, 29, Jay; former Oxford County Member of Parliament James McLamb, who is now the CEO of Dixfield; Sirois’ father, Robert Sirois, 68, of Farmington; and Ryan Nezol, 38, of Farmington.
Others involved in the case are Lucas Sirois’ ex-wife Alisa Sirois, 43, of Kingfield, tax preparer Kenneth Allen, 48, of Farmington, Brandon Dagnese, 27, of Scarborough, the prosecutor Franklin County Assistant Kayla Alves, 36, of Farmington, former Rangeley coach and businessman David Burgess, and Wilton Constable Kevin Lemay, 33, of Farmington.
Not all those charged face all the crimes referred to in the complaint.
The charges range from conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute controlled substances, to money laundering, bank fraud and tax evasion. Maximum jail terms range from three years for tax evasion to 30 years for bank fraud. The maximum jail term for conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute controlled substances depends on the amount of marijuana reasonably foreseeable for each accused, according to a statement from the U.S. prosecutor’s office.
The 96-page affidavit of FBI Special Agent James Hendry alleges conversations between some of those involved discussing ways to get around state marijuana laws, ways to lie to US marijuana inspectors. Status and methods of keeping drug products off the books. Hendry deciphered what are believed to be conversations or messages discussed in drug-related terms. The investigation also revealed that some of the defendants involved in an integral part of the operation knew they were under surveillance in 2020.
According to Lucas Sirois’ lawyer, the content of the communication has been taken out of context.
On July 21, 2020, the Drug Enforcement Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Internal Revenue Service, along with law enforcement partners, executed approximately 50 search and seizure warrants on various locations and financial accounts associated with the Lucas Sirois organization.
All of the seized marijuana was analyzed in a DEA lab and determined to be marijuana.
The federal government has filed a civil document indicating its intention to seize 12 properties that are said to be related to the operation of Sirois. He has filed his intention to do so in 2020 with the Franklin County Registry of Deeds in Farmington.
• At 374 High St., a former shoe store in Farmington, property records show it is owned by Sandy River Properties LLC, which is 50-50 owned by Sirois and Randal Cousineau, 69, of Farmington. Cousineau pleaded guilty Wednesday for his role in the operation. He awaits the conviction. He is said to be the main financier and 50% partner with a co-conspirator, Sirois, in an illegal marijuana cultivation facility. The so-called conspiracy sold marijuana in violation of state medical marijuana laws, illegally sold bulk marijuana to people not registered as caregivers, and sold marijuana in out of state in New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts, according to an FBI affidavit.
“Among other things, law enforcement seized at 374 High St. represents more than $ 29,500 in cash, nearly 1,032 pounds of processed marijuana and 1,805 marijuana plants, according to a criminal complaint, which is also reflected in a civil complaint.
• The “old toy factory” at 105 Avon Valley Road in Avon is owned by Spruce Valley LLC, with members Lucas Sirois and one person not named in the criminal complaint. There, law enforcement seized 55 pounds of processed marijuana and 1,189 marijuana plants, according to a criminal and civil complaint.
• At 269 Seamon Road in Farmington, which identifies Sirois as Western Maine Excavation’s registered agent and owner, authorities seized 33 pounds of processed marijuana and 646 marijuana plants.
• At 497 Federal Row in Industry, whose ownership records show it is owned by Sirois, authorities seized more than 2.86 pounds of processed marijuana, 217 marijuana plants and eight firearms.
• At 42 Village Woods Drive in Rangeley, whose property records indicate it belongs to Sirois, law enforcement seized more than 2.42 pounds of processed marijuana, 320 marijuana plants, 43 vials of marijuana and 22 firearms.
• The Homegrown Connection at 407 Wilton Road in Farmington, according to property records, is owned by Robert Sirois, father of Lucas Sirois. Company records show Lucas Sirois was the registered agent for The Homegrown Connection and Central Maine Power Co. records show that Alisa Sirois was the owner of the electricity account, according to an affidavit. Law enforcement seized, among other things, more than $ 28,500 in cash and 201 grams of finished marijuana from the property.
• The property at 249 Seamon Road in Farmington is believed to be owned by Robert Sirois. CMP records show that Robert Sirois is the owner of the account and Lucas Sirois is the authorized party. There, authorities seized more than $ 46,400 in cash, 119 marijuana plants, 23.1 pounds of processed marijuana and 13.2 pounds of marijuana concentrate.
• A property at 247 Front St. in Farmington is known as “The Old Bar”. Bank documents indicate that Robert Sirois is one of the three beneficial owners of Front Street Investments. Other members are listed among CMP files, indicating that Alisa Sirois holds electricity accounts for two of the building’s units and Front Street Investments as an account holder for the third unit. There were seized over 36.3 pounds of processed marijuana and 399 marijuana plants.
• At 115 Knowlton Corner Road, a property that records indicate belonged to Robert Sirois, authorities seized 44 marijuana plants, among others.
• Other properties the government is seeking confiscation of are North Shore Drive in Industry, owned by Lucas and Alisa Sirois; 5003 Twin Brook Road in Carrabassett Valley, owned by Lucas Sirois; and 3155 Main Street in Rangeley, owned by Lucas and Alisa Sirois.
The additional properties sought by law enforcement on July 21, 2020, but not subject to confiscation, are:
• 11 Tate Lane in Windham, who is linked to Brandon Dagnese, who is named in the criminal complaint and has been listed as a customer and supplier, according to cell phone records. Over 27.2 pounds of processed marijuana and $ 40,000 in cash were seized there.
• 250 Loon Lake in Rangeley, whose property records relate to former Rangeley businessman and coach David Burgess, who is named in the criminal complaint. There, authorities seized $ 53,800 in cash from a gun safe.
• A property at 8 Sunset Lane in Kingfield is connected to a then romantic partner of Alisa Sirois. Based in part on physical and electronic surveillance, authorities allege that Alisa Sirois was residing there on July 21, 2020. Authorities seized $ 267,500 in cash and 15 firearms, among other things. The then romantic partner is not named in the criminal complaint.
Oxford County Arrest Log: October 29, 2021