BANGOR, Maine — A Fort Fairfield man was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court to 12½ years in federal prison for selling methamphetamine pills in northern Maine.
Wade Butler, 50, also was sentenced to five years of supervised release and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine.
Butler was arrested Sept. 29, 2009, after Anthony Black, 37, of Perth, New Brunswick, was caught that same day crossing the border with more than 2,100 methamphetamine and 82 oxycodone pills hidden in the bumper of his pickup.
Black led investigators to Butler’s house, where they discovered an additional 1,000 methamphetamine pills in the basement and $14,000 in cash hidden in a Crown Royal bag inside a cooler, according to court documents.
Black was sentenced in June to three years and seven months in federal prison after pleading guilty to a drug conspiracy charge.
Butler pleaded guilty in March to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute controlled substances. He has been held without bail since then. That time will be credited to his sentence.
Both men faced up to 20 years in prison and fines of up to $250,000. Under the prevailing federal sentencing guidelines, Butler faced between 11 years and three months and 14 years in prison.