Warren man gets 4½ years in prison for repeat drug offense

Posted June 04, 2013, at 1:49 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — A 48-year-old Warren man will spend 4½ years in both federal and state prisons for selling painkillers from his home earlier this year.

Wayne E. Carter pleaded guilty Tuesday morning in Knox County Superior Court to aggravated trafficking in oxycodone.

Carter first will serve a year in federal prison for a prior illegal gun possession charge and then serve the remaining three years of his state term which runs concurrently with the federal term.

Carter was on probation for a 2010 drug trafficking conviction, according to Assistant Attorney General William Savage. Police put a recording device on an informant who then made a purchase of three 30-milligram oxycodone pills from Carter for $135, Savage said during Tuesday’s hearing.

The Warren man also agreed to forfeit his 1993 Chevy Camaro to the state because the assistant attorney general argued the vehicle had been used in drug trafficking.

The federal charge stems from him being found in possession of a rifle in 2010 even though he was barred from having a gun because of a 1997 domestic assault conviction. Carter was appealing that case when he was charged by the state for drug dealing out of his house in February. He has dropped that appeal and agreed to serve a year for the offense at the same time as his state drug sentence.

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