Former Sidney Resident Sentenced to 60 Months in Federal Prison
BILLINGS - The United States Attorney’s Office announced today that Tiffaney Ann Boland was sentenced to 60 months in prison, five years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. U.S. District Judge Susan P. Watters presided over the hearing.
Boland previously entered a guilty plea to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. In September 2016, law enforcement received information that one of the “Sidney Shuttle” drivers may be selling drugs while operating the shuttle. Law enforcement conducted three controlled purchases from the driver and two additional purchases from the driver’s supplier, Boland and another coconspirator. Boland is responsible for approximately 70 grams of actual methamphetamine, which converts to 560 individual dosage units of the drugs which would have reached drug users in Montana.
In a sentencing memorandum filed in federal court, federal prosecutors noted that the “distribution of methamphetamine is crippling communities” and that “Boland’s actions are serious and have a direct impact on society.” It continued by noting that buyers begin purchasing from a lower-level dealer, like the Sidney Shuttle driver, but transition to buying larger quantities from people like Boland. Prosecutors also noted “The distribution of methamphetamine will not be tolerated and others, include[ing] those in and around the Sidney area who are engaging in the sale of methamphetamine, should understand that the road for this conduct leads to federal prison.”
The Boland case was investigated by the Montana Department of Criminal Investigations, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and other federal, state, and local agencies.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office is partnering with federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement to identify those responsible for significant violent crime in Montana. A centerpiece of this effort is Project Safe Neighborhoods, a recently reinvigorated Department of Justice program that has proven to be successful in reducing violent crime. Today’s sentencing is part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods program.