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Lame Deer woman sentenced to three years for meth trafficking

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

BILLINGS—Lame Deer resident Danika Nurea Sanchez was sentenced today to three years in prison and five years of supervised release for conviction on methamphetamine trafficking charges, U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme said.

Sanchez, 21, pleaded guilty in March to possession with intent to distribute meth.

U.S. District Judge Susan P. Watters presided.

In July 2018, an undercover agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration bought about a quarter of a pound of meth from Sanchez in Billings. A quarter pound of meth is the equivalent of about 906 doses, the prosecution said in court documents filed in the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Colin Rubich prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the DEA.

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 23, 2019

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