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Missoula Man Sentenced to Prison for Possession of Methamphetamine

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, April 18, 2014

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula on April 17, 2014, before U.S. District Judge Dana L. Christensen, VICTOR ANTHONY SCHWARTZ, of Missoula, was sentenced to a term of 120 months' imprisonment and 5 years supervised release.

Schwartz was sentenced in connection with his January 2014, guilty plea to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Tara Elliott, the government stated that in September 2013, Agents from the DEA received information from Russell County Drug Task Force (RCDTF) Detectives regarding methamphetamine trafficking activities of the defendant. According to the Detectives, an RCDTF Confidential Source (CS) provided information that the CS had purchased

Schwartz and had been present with Schwartz during five meth transactions that had totaled approximately six ounces. Schwartz had informed the CS that he receives large quantities of meth from Mexico and always has it available for sale. Beginning around September 2013, the CS was in contact with Schwartz and negotiated a three ounce meth transaction with Schwartz via telephone calls and text messages.

On September 12, 2013, law enforcement executed a state search warrant on Schwartz's residence in Missoula, Montana. During a search of the residence, a plastic baggie containing more than 50 grams of actual methamphetamine was recovered.

The term pure methamphetamine refers to the purity contained in the transacted amount which is usually "cut" with inert ingredients that make the actual product less pure but more profitable as drugs are generally sold based on quantity not quality.

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