Man sentenced for buying marijuana with intent to distribute

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Vermont man who authorities say bought a kilogram of marijuana in Maine to distribute to his friends in Vermont has been sentenced to probation and fined.

The Sun Journal reports that a federal judge sentenced 71-year-old Charles Caliri, of Woodstock, to three years probation and fined him $10,000.

Caliri said he was trying to save money by buying his marijuana in Maine rather than buying it legally in Vermont.

He pleaded guilty in July to possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

Caliri was arrested in connection with an investigation into a trafficking organization that grew and distributed large quantities of marijuana under the cover of the Maine’s medical marijuana program.

Caliri told the judge it was “a rude awakening” and that he’s “ashamed” and “humiliated.”