BANGOR – A Monticello man was sentenced on Friday in U.S. District Court to 18 months in federal prison on a gun charge.
Travis McNinch, 23, also was sentenced to three years of supervised release following his prison term and ordered to pay a $500 fine.
He faced up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
McNinch pleaded guilty in June in federal court in Bangor to possession of a firearm by a person who is an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance.
Houlton police arrested McNinch in November 2005 after a traffic stop. He had a loaded semi-automatic 9 mm handgun in the car along with marijuana and several hypodermic needles, according to court documents.
When he was approached by police, he admitted that he was preparing to inject himself with morphine using one of the needles, according to court documents. Instead, McNinch told police, he swallowed the morphine when he saw the officer approaching him.
People who are addicted to controlled substances are prohibited from possessing guns.