Owls Head man gets four years for involvement in production of methamphetamine

Posted Sept. 02, 2014, at 3:21 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — The final of four people arrested Nov. 15 in Owls Head for the production of methamphetamine was sentenced Tuesday to four years in prison.

Damien Welch, 23, of Owls Head was sentenced by Justice Dan Billings in Knox County Superior Court to eight years in prison with all but four years suspended for trafficking in methamphetamine. He also was ordered to serve probation for three years after his release from prison and to pay the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency $840 for cleanup at the site of the drug manufacturing.

Welch pleaded guilty earlier in the year. He had moved to Owls Head from California, where he was on probation for a drug conviction a year before the Maine drug bust.

Also arrested were Anthony Torre, also known as Shots Moniker and A.J. Torre, 22, of Owls Head; Travis Batty, 29, of Owls Head and Heather M. Gregory, 41, of Owls Head.

The four were producing meth through a simple one-pot method at a house located next to the Owls Head Baptist Church, according to the MDEA. Police said they had been monitoring activities at the house for about a month before they raided the residence.

Gregory was sentenced last week to six years with all but 15 months suspended. Torre was sentenced in May to six years in prison with all but three years suspended. Batty was sentenced last month to six years with all but four years suspended.