Maine Man Accused of Lying About Drug Use to Amass Weapons Arsenal
A Biddeford, Maine, man who was arrested after a Maine State Trooper clocked his Ford Mustang going 112 mph on the Maine Turnpike, allegedly had a small arsenal in his car and told police he had attended a Saturday screening of "The Dark Knight Rises" with a gun in his bag and was on his way to kill his former boss.
Timothy Courtois, who was arrested Sunday by a Maine State Trooper, allegedly had an AK-47, a 12-guage shotgun, four handguns and several boxes of ammunition and a small amount of synthetic marijuana in his car. According to Maine State Police, Courtois also had news articles in his car about the Friday shooting in Aurora, Colo., in which 12 people were killed and 58 wounded.
Courtois allegedly told police that he attended the Saturday night showing of the new Batman movie at the Cinemagic Theater in Saco, Maine, with a loaded gun in his backpack. Police said Courtois allegedly told them that when he was arrested he was traveling to Derry, N.H., to shoot his former boss.
Given the firearms in the car, Maine State Police contacted the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives to assist with the investigation. When Main State Police and investigators conducted a search of his apartment they allegedly found additional firearms including a DPMS/Panther Arms, Model A-15, .223 caliber rifle, a gun similar to the AR-15 carried by alleged Colorado shooter James Holmes.
Police also found thousands of rounds of ammunition and a synthetic form of marijuana called K2 or Spice, which recently became a controlled substance.
Courtois allegedly purchased the .223 rifle on Friday at a sporting goods store in Scarborough, Maine, but according to an ATF affidavit in the case, Courtois lied on the paperwork when he asserted that he was not an unlawful user of drugs or addicted to drugs.
Courtois was charged in a criminal complaint today with one count of making a false statement in connection with the acquisition of a firearm and two counts of possession of firearms by an unlawful user of controlled substances.
According to the ATF affidavit filed in federal court, Courtois agreed to be interviewed by investigators from the Maine State Police and an ATF and FBI agent. During the interview Courtois allegedly admitted the firearms where all his.
Courtois also allegedly discussed his use of marijuana and K2 with the investigators and allegedly asked the officers and agents for drugs.
"Several times during the interview Courtois asked us if we could get him some weed so he could smoke weed and eat Chinese food," the ATF affidavit said.
A review of the federal court docket did not indicate if Courtois had a defense attorney assigned to represent him. If convicted of all the federal charges, Courtois faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in jail and a $250,000 fine.