A Billings man was sentenced on May 10th to five years in prison for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney Jesse Laslovich said today.

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Edward George Allen, 41, pleaded guilty in September 2022 to the charge.

According to court documents, Allen trafficked methamphetamine in the Billings area from April 2021 to about September 2021. Undercover agents purchased 2.5 ounces of meth from Allen’s co-defendant, Michael Brumfield, for $1,600. Allen provided Brumfield with the meth, and Brumfield then sold it to the undercover agents.

Brumfield was previously sentenced to six years in prison for his role in the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Julie R. Patten prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Montana Division of Criminal Investigation.

Allen will also serve five years of supervised release after he is released from prison.

Methamphetamine is a highly addictive stimulant drug that can cause a variety of health problems, including addiction, heart disease, stroke, and psychosis. It is also a major contributor to crime and violence in the State of Montana, as is the fentanyl crisis in Montana.

Check out Michael's article, from Mix 97.1, on Montana's Meth Project "Paint The State" project!

About Project Safe Neighborhoods

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.

(Source: Justice.Gov)

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