Third man arrested in connection to Lewiston-Auburn drug bust

Marijuana plants are piled outside of a garage Tuesday morning on Bridge Street in Lewiston. DEA agents are at the scene.

PORTLAND (WGME) – Officials say they have arrested a third man in connection to a drug bust in the Lewiston-Auburn area in February.

U.S. Attorney Halsey B. Frank has announced the arrest of 31-year-old Tyler Poland of Auburn. Poland is charged with illegal Ecstacy and marijuana trafficking.

Officials say the charges stem from an investigation into a drug trafficking organization in the Lewiston-Auburn area that violated Maine’s Medical Marijuana program.

The organization is accused of cultivating marijuana throughout numerous warehouses in Androscoggin County and distributing it to out of state customers and others not a part of the Medical Marijuana program.

Authorities searched Poland’s residence on Merrow Road in addition to his warehouses.

Agents say they seized 608 marijuana plants, 366 pounds of processed marijuana, hundreds of Ecstacy pills (weighing more than a kilogram), hundreds of alprazolam pills and over $156,000.

If convicted, Poland faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine.

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