Maine man charged over illegal suppressor, drug trafficking
By Chris Eger
Entrance, Edward T. Gignoux U.S. Courthouse, Portland, Maine (Photo: Carol Highsmith/Picryl)
Federal prosecutors on Tuesday announced charges against a man found with a suppressor without a serial number along with a significant amount of drugs and cash. Andrew Waite, 29, of Turner, faces a host of weapons and drug charges stemming from allegations that he grew and distributed large quantities of marijuana.
While a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s office in Portland says he cultivated and sold the drugs under the guise of Maine’s Medical Marijuana program, authorities contend Waite violated both state and federal law. Court documents including a February complaint filed by an DEA agent says that on a search of Waite’s residence as part of a wider sweep of 20 warrants in the Lewiston-Auburn area.
During the search, authorities found an unserialized suppressor in Waite’s possession that was not registered to him in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record as required by the National Firearms Act. In addition, agents also recovered a Sig P229 handgun, a Zastava M92PV 7.62x39mm pistol, about $150,000 in cash stacked in $5,000 bundles, and six boxes containing about 100 pounds of marijuana. The feds also seized a blue Ferrari found in the garage, which