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Missoula Man Sentenced to Prison on Methamphetamine Charges

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

MISSOULA - Yancy Lee McCrea, 31 of Missoula, was sentenced today to 132 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release after pleading guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. United States District Judge Dana L. Christensen handed down the sentence.


On June 3, 3016, law enforcement officers found Yancy McCrea, a Montana State fugitive, in his vehicle.  They searched the car and seized approximately 95.9 grams of pure methamphetamine, two handguns, four magazines, 112 rounds of ammunition, and $3,350 in cash.  McCrea pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine in August of this year. 


The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Tara Elliott and investigated by the Northwest Drug Task Force and the United States Marshals Service. 


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.


Acting Public Information Officer
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Updated December 1, 2017

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