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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Montana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, January 13, 2022

Browning man sentenced to 68 months in prison for meth trafficking on Blackfeet Indian Reservation

GREAT FALLS — A Browning man who admitted to dealing methamphetamine on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation was sentenced today to 68 months in prison to be followed by four years of supervised release, U.S. Attorney Leif M. Johnson said.

Steven Roy DeCarlo, 31, pleaded guilty in September 2021 to possession with intent to distribute controlled substances.

Chief U.S. District Judge Brian M. Morris presided.

In court documents, the government alleged that in encounters with law enforcement between May 2020 and July 2021, DeCarlo had drugs and firearms in his possession. DeCarlo told investigators that he and a person identified as Jane Doe were involved in getting meth, which Jane Doe had been distributing. DeCarlo later admitted to personally bringing a pound of meth from out of state to the reservation for distribution. A pound of meth is the equivalent of 3,624 doses.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Ethan R. Plaut prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the FBI, Homeland Security Investigations, Blackfeet Law Enforcement Services and Polson Police Department.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a U.S. Department of Justice initiative to reduce violent crime. Through PSN, federal, tribal, state and local law enforcement partners in Montana focus on violent crime driven by methamphetamine trafficking, armed robbers, firearms offenses and violent offenders with outstanding warrants.

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Topic(s): 
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Indian Country Law and Justice
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Contact: 
Clair J. Howard Public Affairs Officer 406-247-4623
Press Release Number: 
22-011
Updated January 13, 2022