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Missoula woman sentenced to four years in prison for trafficking methamphetamine

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

MISSOULA  — A Missoula woman who admitted to distributing methamphetamine was sentenced to four years in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, U.S. Attorney Jesse Laslovich said.

Deva Crystal Hartsoe, 42, pleaded guilty in August to distribution of meth.

U.S. District Judge Dana L. Christensen presided.

The government alleged in court documents that in April 2021, law enforcement made a controlled purchase of meth from Hartsoe. Hartsoe was interviewed later and admitted that she had sold meth. Co-defendant Devin Neil Farley was sentenced in November to eight years in prison for his conviction in the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Tara J. Elliott prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the FBI’s Montana Regional Violent Crime Task Force, Missoula County Sheriff’s Office, Missoula Police Department, Flathead Tribal Police and Northwest Drug Task Force.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.



Clair Johnson Howard

Public Affairs Officer


Updated December 8, 2022

Project Safe Neighborhoods
Press Release Number: 22-300