Waltham Pot Ring Suspect Faces Serious New Charges

The former Watertown Town Councilor faces federal drug conspiracy charges linked to a warehouse in Waltham where he allegedly grew marijuana.

Former Watertown Town Councilor Thomas “Gus” Bailey was back in Boston Federal Court on Monday, Oct. 1 after being arrested on an assault and battery he allegedly committed on an ex-girlfriend and co-defendant in the marijuana distribution case in which he is charged.

Federal Court Judge Robert B. Collings released Bailey on a $25,000 bond after changing the conditions of his release to restrict Bailey from entering Essex County, where co-defendant Mary Coman now lives. The pair has a son, but he no longer resides with Coman, according to Federal Court documents. The court ordered Bailey not to have any contact with Coman.

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Bailey had been restricted to staying inside Massachusetts, but the new restriction was placed on him after the court learned of the assault and battery charges, according to court papers.

The order also prevents Bailey from contacting any of the other defendants in the case “directly or indirectly,” except through their attorney.

Waltham Police arrested Bailey and three others in October 2011 in connection with a marijuana growing operation in a Waltham warehouse. In December, the case was where Bailey faces charges of conspiracy to manufacture and distribute marijuana and distribution of marijuana.

In July, federal authorities a charge to which his ex-wife Barbara Waldman also faces.

Coman was also arrested in July on a charge of conspiracy to manufacture and distribute marijuana, three counts of conspiracy to commit money laundering and a charge of criminal forfeiture.

A final status conference in the case is scheduled for Oct. 15 in Boston Federal Court.


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