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Billings meth dealer sentenced to six years in prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Montana

BILLINGS—A man who admitted selling methamphetamine in the Billings area was sentenced on July 31 to six years in prison and four years of supervised release, U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme said.

Albert Garcia, 48, hometown unknown, pleaded guilty in November to possession with intent to distribute meth.

Chief U.S. District Judge Dana L. Christensen of Missoula presided.

The prosecution said in court records that law enforcement received information in September 2017 that Garcia was selling meth in the Billings area. Agents worked with a confidential informant who made two controlled buys of meth, totaling about 26 grams, from Garcia.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Bryan Dake prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the Eastern Montana High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force.

The case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), which is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.




Clair Johnson Howard
Public Information Officer

Updated August 1, 2019

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