BANGOR, Maine — A Fort Fairfield man was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court to three years and four months in federal prison for his role in a methamphetamine distribution ring.
Scott Bernaiche, 25, waived indictment and pleaded guilty in August to one count of drug conspiracy, according to court documents.
Bernaiche was held without bail since then. That time will be applied to his sentence.
He is one of five people charged in connection with the trafficking of methamphetamine pills in Aroostook County between December 2011 and August 2012, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.
In addition to prison time, U.S. District Judge John Woodcock on Thursday sentenced Bernaiche to three years of supervised release.
By pleading guilty, Bernaiche admitted that between Jan. 1 and Oct. 29, 2011, he stored drugs at his home for David and Tanya Fleming, 30 and 32, respectively, of Perth Andover, New Brunswick, Canada.
The couple were arrested on Oct. 19, 2011, after David Fleming sold 160 methamphetamine tablets to another individual, who was not named in court documents, according to previously published reports. His wife admitted driving him across the border to meet customers after he lost his driver’s license.
The Flemings pleaded guilty to drug charges in December 2011. David Fleming was sentenced to three years and four months in federal prison, according to a previously published report. Tanya Fleming was sentenced to half as much prison time. Both are being held in different prison facilities in Pennsylvania, according to the U.S. Bureau of Prison’s Inmate Locater website. She is due to be released March 30. He is due to be released Jan. 25, 2014.
Wayne MacFarline, 30, and Philip Cote, 31, both of Caribou also have pleaded guilty to drug charges in connection with the methamphetamine distribution ring, court documents stated.
MacFarline was sentenced in October to two years and two months in prison after pleading guilty in May. He is being held at a facility in Devens, Mass., and is scheduled to be released in April 2014.
Cote’s sentencing has not been set.
All faced up to 40 years in prison and fines of up to $5 million.
The cases were investigated by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and the U.S. Homeland Security Office of Investigations, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.