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Butte man sentenced to 66 months in prison for trafficking meth in Lake County

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

MISSOULA  — A Butte man who admitted to trafficking methamphetamine in the Lake County community was sentenced today to 66 months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, U.S. Attorney Jesse Laslovich said.

Gary David Conan, 42, pleaded guilty in August to distribution of meth.

U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy presided.

The government alleged in court documents that in April 2020, officers with the Northwest Drug Task Force stopped Conan’s vehicle after he distributed meth and recovered approximately 94 grams of additional pure meth. Conan was indicted for this conduct and was released on conditions. Conan did not report to U.S. Probation and was at large until he was arrested by the Butte Police Department in October 2021 on drug charges.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Tara J. Elliott prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the Northwest Drug Task Force and Montana Highway Patrol.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results



Clair Johnson Howard

Public Affairs Officer


Updated December 1, 2022

Project Safe Neighborhoods
Release Number: 22-294