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Thursday, April 23, 2020

Methamphetamine trafficking sends Laurel man to prison

BILLINGS—A Laurel man who admitted to selling methamphetamine in the community was sentenced on Wednesday to six years and eight months in prison followed by four years of supervised release, U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme said.

Seth James Todd, 26, pleaded guilty in November to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute meth and to distribution of meth as charged in an indictment.

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

The prosecution said in court documents that in the summer of 2017, drug task force officers worked with a confidential informant to buy meth from a co-conspirator. The co-conspirator, who was convicted in federal court, identified sources of supply in Spokane, where the co-conspirator traveled numerous times and bought about 15 pounds of meth. Fifteen pounds of meth is the equivalent of about 54,360 doses. Individuals from the Billings area traveled with the co-conspirator on those trips to obtain meth for personal use and for resale in the community. Todd made one trip to Spokane with the co-conspirator, who sold a half-pound of meth to Todd. A different confidential informant working with the task force bought meth from Todd.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Lori Suek prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the Eastern Montana High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a U.S. Department of Justice initiative to reduce violent crime. According to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports, violent crime in Montana increased by 36% from 2013 to 2018. 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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Updated April 23, 2020