West Farmington Man Sentenced to Four Years in Prison in Methamphetamine Manufacturing Case

June 8, 2010


Attorney General Janet T. Mills announced that William Bart Christopher of West Farmington, ME, was sentenced yesterday afternoon in Franklin County Superior Court to four years in prison and a $2,000 fine for trafficking in methamphetamine. Christopher pled guilty to the charge. At the time of the drug trafficking offense, Christopher was the subject of an October 7, 2009 deferred disposition agreement in a sexual abuse of a minor (class C) case prosecuted by the Franklin County District Attorney?s Office. This agreement was terminated. Christopher was also sentenced to one year in prison to run concurrently with the four year sentence on the methamphetamine trafficking charge.

On November 20, 2009, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at a New Vineyard residence and found evidence that William Bart Christopher was manufacturing methamphetamine using a highly explosive method.

?Methamphetamine is one of the most dangerous illegal drugs, both because of its devastating impact on its users and their families and because of the dangerous and toxic methods used to manufacture it,? said Attorney General Mills. ?The manufacture of methamphetamine is a serious crime and this office will continue to place a high priority on the prosecution of methamphetamine manufacturers.?

A number of area police and fire departments assisted in securing and disposing of the hazardous materials found on the premises.

Attorney General Mills thanks Assistant Attorney General David Fisher for his successful efforts in prosecuting this case. AAG Fisher is a Drug Task Force Attorney within the Criminal Division of the Attorney General?s Office. Attorney General Mills also applauds the cooperative efforts of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services Environmental Testing Laboratory, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection and the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency for their involvement in the investigation of this case.