A second man has been charged in connection with a major drug raid that federal and local officers made on marijuana growing operations in Lewiston and Auburn on Tuesday.
Brian J. Bilodeau, 33, was arrested Tuesday after federal agents raided his home at 72 Danville Corner Road in Auburn.
He made his initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Portland on Wednesday afternoon on charges of illegal possession of a firearm in relation to drug trafficking and possession with intent to distribute marijuana, said Donald Clark, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Bilodeau did not enter a plea and was ordered held without bail pending a detention hearing, likely to be on Monday, Clark said.
Federal, state and local law enforcement agents executed more than 20 search warrants in the Lewiston-Auburn area Tuesday, targeting what the U.S. Attorney’s Office says is a drug trafficking organization that grew and distributed large quantities of marijuana under the cover of Maine’s medical marijuana program.
The organization also grew marijuana as a precursor for the illegal manufacture of marijuana concentrates known as butane hash oil and “shatter,” a product made from butane hash oil, according to court papers.