A Williamsburg man has been sentenced to life in prison on various methamphetamine charges in U.S. District Court in London.

It is only the second time this decade that a meth case in the U.S. Attorney’s office in the Eastern District of Kentucky resulted in a life sentence for the defendant.

Paul Linville Bargo, 44, was found guilty in February of conspiring to manufacture and distribute meth, distributing meth, possessing chemical to manufacture meth and attempting to manufacture meth. Evidence presented at the trial showed Bargo manufactured more than 500 grams of the drug between October 2004 and February 2008.

According to testimony at the trial, Bargo and several others purchased large quantities of pseudoephedrine, red phosphorous and iodine, all ingredients used to manufacture meth. They purchased the ingredients and manufactured the meth in Knox, Laurel, Whitley and Clay counties.

“We want this sentence to serve as a wake-up call to anyone thinking about using, cooking or distributing methamphetamine,” U.S. Attorney James Zerhusen said. “The number of methamphetamine users is on the rise in Eastern Kentucky we hope that this sentence will help create a deterrent to those involved in any capacity with methamphetamine.”

Before the trial, Bargo entered guilty pleas to seven marijuana charges and three hydrocodone charges. He also received a 10-year sentence for those charges to run concurrently with his life sentence.

The investigation was a joint effort of the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Kentucky State Police.

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