According to court records, during a period between October 2010 and August 2016, the defendant conspired with others to illegally manufacture and distribute marijuana.

United States Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced that Nicholas Reynolds, 33, of Bangor, pleaded guilty yesterday in U.S. District Court to conspiring to manufacture, distribute, and possess with intent to distribute marijuana.

The defendant grew marijuana at a large, sophisticated indoor growing facility in Frankfort, Maine which he was told was an illegal medical marijuana grow.

In May 2016, law enforcement officers executed a federal search warrant at the facility and recovered about 400 marijuana plants, 295 marijuana root balls, and paraphernalia used to manufacture and process marijuana.

According to the search warrant affidavit, the defendant and his co-conspirators were not registered as medical marijuana caregivers with the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), and the location of the facility was not reported to DHHS.

The defendant faces up to 20 years in prison, between three years and life of supervised release, and a $1,000,000 fine.

He will be sentenced after the completion of a presentence investigation report by the U.S. Probation Office.

 The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.