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Steven Sann Sentenced In U.S. District Court

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

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on January 26, 2013, before U.S. District Judge Dana L. Christensen, STEVEN SANN, a 58-year-old resident of Lolo, appeared for sentencing. SANN was sentenced to a term of:

  • Probation: 4 years
  • Special Assessment: $100
  • Forfeiture: Warehouse

SANN was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to conspiracy to maintain drug-involved premises.

In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Tara J. Elliott, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:

Beginning in January 2011, and continuing into June 2011, SANN and others maintained a drug premises for the purpose of manufacturing marijuana. This facility was known as "The Wye" located in Missoula. "The Wye" had between 1,000 and 1,200 marijuana plants at various growth stages and was capable of producing at least 30 pounds of marijuana a month. The marijuana was distributed through Big Sky Health marijuana dispensaries to marijuana cardholders and individuals who were not marijuana cardholders.

SANN was the original owner of "The Wye" and sold the facility to another individual for approximately $300,000 over a number of months.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that SANN will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, SANN does have the opportunity to earn a sentence reduction for "good behavior." However, this reduction will not exceed 15% of the overall sentence.

The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Missoula High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force.

Updated January 14, 2015