From the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Montana:

Paul Andrew Guiot, 45, of Billings, was sentenced to six years in federal prison after admitting to transporting large quantities of methamphetamine from Denver, Colorado. Guiot also admitted to illegally trading firearms for drugs. The sentence includes an additional five years of supervised release.

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Guiot pleaded guilty in September 2023 to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. U.S. District Judge Susan P. Watters presided over the case.

Beginning in the summer of 2021, the Eastern Montana High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force investigated Guiot. His scheme involved traveling to Denver, sometimes with his girlfriend, Jaide Alexander, to purchase meth.

In October 2021, authorities found narcotics and firearms during a search of the couple's trailer. Guiot confessed to regularly acquiring meth in Denver and then trading illegally obtained guns for more drugs within both Montana and Colorado.

Alexander received a five-year prison sentence, also with five years of supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Colin M. Rubich prosecuted the case, investigated by the Eastern Montana High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force, Drug Enforcement Administration, and FBI.

This prosecution falls under Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a nationwide program targeting the reduction of violent crime and gun violence.

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