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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

For Immediate Release

September 26, 2013

Carmen M. Ortiz, United States Attorney

Contact: Christina Dilorio-Sterling

Leicester Man Arrested for Conspiracy and Growing Marijuana Indoors

BOSTON - A Leicester man was charged yesterday in U.S. District Court in Boston with operating, and conspiring with others to operate, several indoor marijuana grows in Webster, Worcester, Douglas and Paxton.

Lam Ly, 43, was charged by Complaint with conspiracy, manufacturing, distributing, and possession with the intent to distribute marijuana and maintaining a Drug Involved Premises.

The affidavit unsealed yesterday, alleges that Ly and others maintained indoor marijuana grow operations at: 5 Pinnacle Way, Douglas; 56 Blueberry Hill, Webster; 17 Blueberry Hill, Webster; 11 Oakwood Drive, Webster; 17 Nutmeg Drive, Worcester; and 451 West Street, Paxton. Searches of those locations on September 24, 2013, uncovered over 1,000 marijuana plants in various stages of development and over $100,000.00 in cash.

If convicted, Ly faces a mandatory minimum of five years and up to 40 years in prison, a minimum of four years of supervised release and a $5 million fine.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; John J. Arvanitis, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Boston Field Division; Daniel J. Kumor, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, Boston Field Division; Colonel Timothy P. Alben, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police; Chief Timothy J. Bent of the Webster Police Department; Chief Gary J. Gemme of the Worcester Police Department; Chief Patrick T. Foley of the Douglas Police Department; and Chief Robert Desrosiers of the Paxton Police Department made the announcement. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Grady of Ortiz’s Worcester Branch Office.

The defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.