BANGOR — The case towards Kayla Alves, a Franklin County assistant district legal professional, will transfer ahead in reference to costs in a grievance of tampering with paperwork and proceedings alleged in a bootleg Farmington space marijuana develop, distribution and cash laundering scheme.
Alves, 36, of Farmington had a preliminary examination listening to Nov. 5 earlier than Justice of the Peace Decide John Nivison, together with her lawyer, Walter McKee of Augusta, current.
Alves waived her proper Thursday to a choice by the federal court docket regarding the query of possible trigger, and waived her proper to additional proceedings with respect to the preliminary examination.
The court docket “finds possible trigger to consider that the defendant dedicated the crimes” alleged in counts eight and 9 of the grievance, in response to the order, signed Thursday by Nivison.
“This was only a easy settlement that permits the case to maneuver ahead, nothing extra. Possible trigger is the bottom of all authorized requirements,” McKee wrote in an electronic mail Monday.
Alves is charged with tampering with proceedings and tampering with paperwork.
She is the one one among 12 defendants named within the federal grievance Oct. 27 who was not indicted Nov. 9 by a federal grand jury.
In response to the grievance, Alves on or about July 8, 2020, allegedly “did corruptly try and hinder, affect, and impede a federal felony grand jury investigation, an official continuing, by informing targets of the felony investigation.”
She can be accused of tampering with paperwork July 21, 2020. Alves allegedly “did corruptly alter, destroy, mutilate, and conceal digital messages between herself” and co-defendant Bradley Scovil, a former Franklin County Sheriff’s deputy, “with the intent to impair their integrity and availability to be used in a federal felony grand jury investigation.”
Alves was positioned on administrative go away from the Franklin County District Legal professional’s Workplace in August.
Eleven defendants who have been indicted pleaded not guilty Thursday to the alleged costs: Businessman and alleged chief of the operation Lucas Sirois, 41, of Farmington; former Rangeley Selectman David Burgess, 53, of Rangeley; Ryan Nezol, 38, of Farmington; Sirois’ father, Robert Sioris, 68, of Farmington; former Franklin County Deputy Derrick Doucette, 29, of Jay; Scovil; Lucas Sirois’ estranged spouse, Alisa Sirois, 43, of Kingfield; Brandon Dagnese, 27, of Scarborough; tax preparer Kenneth Allen, 48, of Farmington; former Oxford County Sheriff’s Deputy James McLamb, 29, of Auburn; and Wilton police Officer Kevin Lemay, 33, of Farmington.
Lead lawyer for Lucas Sirois, Timothy Parlatore of New York, instructed the federal court docket Thursday he deliberate to file a preliminary injunction primarily based on the Rohrabacher-Farr Modification. It prohibits the Division of Justice from expending funds interfering with a state’s medical marijuana legislation implementation, Parlatore instructed the court docket.
Based mostly on these tips, Sirois stated has been appearing in accordance with the state legislation throughout the court docket listening to.
Lucas Sirois and his co-conspirators are accused of creating greater than $13 million over six years by means of the illicit sale of marijuana, in response to the U.S. Legal professional’s Workplace.
Sirois reportedly structured operations to seem they complied with Maine’s medical marijuana legal guidelines whereas he often bought bulk marijuana on the illicit market, together with $1 million price of marijuana for out-of-state distribution between 2018 and 2019, in response to prosecutors.
Sirois additionally pleaded not responsible Friday on behalf of three firms he co-owns — Lakemont LLC, Sandy River Properties LLC and Spruce Valley LLC — that have been additionally indicted Nov. 9 for allegedly sustaining a drug-involved premises.
Farmington businessman Randal Cousineau, 69, reportedly the first financier, pleaded responsible Oct. 27 to conspiring to own and distribute greater than 1,000 kilograms (2,200 kilos) of marijuana and 1,000 marijuana vegetation.
Cousineau signed a plea agreement in April that, if accepted by the court docket, would permit him to serve not more than 63 months in federal jail and to forfeit almost $650,000 in unlawful drug proceeds.