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California drug trafficker sentenced to five years in prison after Flathead County law enforcement seize three pounds of meth

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

MISSOULA – A California man who admitted trafficking methamphetamine after Flathead County law enforcement officers seized a package containing three pounds of the drug was sentenced today to five years in prison and to five years of supervised release, Acting U.S. Attorney Leif M. Johnson said.

Santiago Marron, 38, of San Bernardino, California, pleaded guilty on Jan. 25 to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute meth.

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

In court documents filed in the case, the government alleged that on Dec. 25, 2019, Marron and co-defendant, Adan Barjas Bedal, dropped off a package at a Flathead County residence.  Confidential informants told law enforcement that Marron drove the package to Montana from another state and knew that the package contained meth. The Flathead County Sheriff’s Office seized the package pursuant to a Montana search warrant and recovered three pounds of meth. Three pounds of meth is the equivalent of 10,872 doses. Co-defendant Bedal was sentenced to 70 months in prison for his conviction in the case.

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

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.





Clair Howard
Public Affairs Officer

Updated June 3, 2021

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