News Release
June 25, 2010
Contact: Special Agent Tony Pettigrew
Number: 617-557-2138

Ex-Boston Firefighter Receives Eight Month Sentence for
Marijuana Cultivation

JUN 25 -- Portland, Maine: Steven W. Derr, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England and United States Attorney Paula D. Silsby announced today that Sean Berte, age 32, of Roslindale, Massachusetts was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Portland to eight months imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release for his role in cultivating over 100 marijuana plants. U.S. District Judge George Z. Singal imposed the sentence following Berte’s entry of a guilty plea in February 2010.

This conviction and sentence resulted from an investigation by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration and Bridgton Police Department. According to the government’s evidence introduced at the plea hearing, agents with DEA and members of the Bridgton Police Department obtained and executed a search warrant at a single family residence located in Bridgton, Maine on May 29, 2009. During the execution of the warrant, agents recovered over 100 marijuana plants and some harvested marijuana. In addition, agents recovered numerous objects consistent with an indoor marijuana grow operation; including grow lights, timers, submersible pump, exhaust vent, and various agricultural products. At the time of the search, Berte was employed as a firefighter with the Boston Fire Department. Berte resigned shortly after the search was conducted.

At the sentencing, the Court noted that in addition to pleading guilty to cultivating the marijuana, the defendant admitted smoking approximately two ounces of marijuana daily during the eight years the defendant was employed as a Boston firefighter. The Court noted that the defendant’s drug usage during his employment violated the respect and trust the public has in firefighters.

United States Attorney Silsby praised the investigative efforts of DEA and the Bridgton Police Department.