Missoula man sentenced for meth, firearms violations
MISSOULA—A Missoula man who admitted possessing methamphetamine and a firearm was sentenced on Tuesday to 10 years in prison and five years of supervised release, U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme said.
Jeremy Douglas Smith, 29, pleaded guilty in October to possession with intent to distribute meth and to possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
Chief U.S. District Judge Dana L. Christensen presided.
Prosecutors said evidence showed that on May 2, 2018, the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle Smith was driving. A search warrant for the vehicle led to the recovery of meth, a 9mm pistol, drug paraphernalia and ammunition. Smith admitted to law enforcement that he distributed meth and possessed the firearm.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Tara Elliott prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the FBI.
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.