HOULTON — A 33-year-old Fort Fairfield man who was convicted and jailed on a felony drug charge in 2000 was ordered back to jail on Wednesday after pleading guilty to two counts of aggravated trafficking of drugs.
Aroostook County Assistant District Attorney Kurt Kafferlin said Thursday that Brian K. Turcotte entered the plea in Aroostook County Superior Court in Houlton.
He was sentenced by Superior Court Justice E. Allen Hunter to 20 years in prison with all but six years suspended, along with four years of probation. He also received a $5,000 fine. His sentence will begin on Aug. 28.
Darrell Crandall, division commander of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, said Thursday that the MDEA used cooperating individuals to buy drugs from Turcotte on two different occasions in May 2009 in Fort Fairfield. Turcotte was arrested a short time later.
The drug involved was methamphetamine tablets, according to Crandall.
“That is a form of the drug that we are seeing more and more,” he said Thursday. “It is no longer just crystal methamphetamine.”
Turcotte also has a conviction for burglary of a motor vehicle on his record, according to Crandall. The MDEA commander said Turcotte’s prior drug conviction made the latest charge an aggravated offense.
Turcotte served nine months in jail on the previous conviction for unlawful trafficking of scheduled drugs.
“Methamphetamine is pretty dangerous,” Crandall said Thursday. “We take it very seriously. It is important for people who are continuing to sell or thinking about selling drugs to look at this sentence and see what the consequences are.”
Kafferlin said the sentence was stayed until Aug. 28 at the request of Turcotte before he entered the guilty plea.