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By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff • June 28, 2018 6:25 pm
Two men accused of being part of a conspiracy to distribute marijuana through a medical pot smoking lounge in Bangor were in U.S. District Court on Thursday.
James Mansfield, 33, of Etna was sentenced to a year and a day in prison for his role in the conspiracy, which included running an indoor pot farm in a Frankfort warehouse.
Terrence Sawtelle, 49, of Bangor pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to manufacture, distribute and possess marijuana. By pleading guilty, Sawtelle admitted that he and Christopher Ruhlin, the owner of two Bangor head shops, grew the marijuana in Frankfort and distributed it through the Owls Club, Sawtelle’s smoking lounge, between 2010 and 2014, when Mansfield and others took over the grow operation.
Ruhlin, 49, of Holden pleaded guilty earlier this month to the drug conspiracy charge and to one count of structuring, or trying to hide cash deposits from bank regulators.