For Immediate Release
Manchester Man Pleads Guilty to Threatening Federal Agent
BANGOR, Maine: A Manchester, Maine man pleaded guilty today in federal court in Bangor to threatening a federal agent, U.S. Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced.
Cody Lyon, 24, pleaded guilty to three counts of transmitting threatening interstate communications.
According to court records, in May and June 2019, agents with the Food and Drug Administration and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) were investigating shipments of illicit goods to a residence in Maine. Lyon’s name came up during the investigation as a person of interest. After learning of the investigation, on June 15, 2019, Lyon left a series of threatening voicemail messages on the cellular phone of one of the FDA agents involved in the investigation.
Lyon faces a maximum penalty on each charge of up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
“As FDA’s criminal law enforcement arm, the Office of Criminal Investigations protects the American public by investigating illegal activities involving FDA-regulated products,” said Jeffrey J. Ebersole, Special Agent in Charge, FDA Office of Criminal Investigations’ New York Field office. “Threatening any individual involved in the criminal investigation process will not be tolerated. We commend the efforts of the Department of Justice and our fellow federal and state law enforcement agencies for vigorously pursuing the prosecution of this matter.”
HSI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the case, with assistance provided by the Maine State Police.
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