June 21, 2018
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Presque Isle man gets 26 months on meth charge

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A Presque Isle man was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court to two years and two months in prison on a federal drug charge.

After his indictment by a federal grand jury, Wayne MacFarline, 30, pleaded guilty in May to one count of possession with intent to distribute a mixture or substance containing methamphetamine.

MacFarline has been held without bail since entering his guilty plea.

In addition to prison time, U.S. District Judge John Woodcock sentenced MacFarline to three years of supervised release.

MacFarline apologized for his crime shortly before Woodcock imposed the sentence.

“I apologize to my loving family for letting them down,” said the father of two girls, ages 6 and 3. “This is not the example I wanted to set for my girls. I apologize for participating in something that is so toxic to the community.”

MacFarline was arrested on Oct. 18, 2011, when he tried to sell an unnamed individual 90 pills, Assistant U.S. Attorney Joel Casey told the judge. MacFarline bought the pills for $12 from his cousin Philip Cote, 31, of Caribou and sold them for $15, the prosecutor told Woodcock.

Cote pleaded guilty in August to distribution of a mixture or substance containing methamphetamine and aiding and abetting the same. His sentencing date has not been set. He is being held without bail.

MacFarline faced up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million.

Casey recommended that MacFarline be sentenced to two years and five months in prison.

Defense attorney Hunter Tzovarras of Bangor urged Woodcock to impose a sentence of one year and eight months. Tzovarras argued that MacFarline should be shown leniency because he was the sole support of his family, and his younger daughter suffers from a severe form of autism and requires care from both of her parents.

In imposing MacFarline’s sentence, Woodcock said he needed to send a message to methamphetamine dealers so the drug did not not become as prevalent as it is in other parts of the country.

“Methamphetamine is not unknown in Maine, but it is still fairly rare,” the judge said. “Nationally, it is well known, and it has been nothing short of a disaster.”

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