Methamphetamine trafficker sentenced to 15 years in prison

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BILLINGS — A Michigan man who admitted bringing pounds of methamphetamine to Montana for redistribution was sentenced today to 15 years in prison to be followed by five years of supervised release, Acting U.S. Attorney Leif M. Johnson said.

Michael Troy Webb, 38, of Charlotte, Michigan, pleaded guilty on April 2 to possession with intent to distribute meth.

U.S. District Judge Susan P. Watters presided.

In court documents filed in the case the government alleged that in May 2019, the Missoula Police Department learned Webb was selling meth and heroin in Montana and had been seen with about six pounds of meth and three pounds of heroin. Webb, and his girlfriend and co-defendant, Kimberly Fanslau, were travelling through the state selling the drugs and were bound for Billings. Law enforcement further learned that Webb had been seen with about 11 pounds of meth in the prior weeks. Agents located Webb and Fanslau at a Billings hotel and served a search warrant on their room. Webb and Fanslau were both detained. Agents found $4,850 on Webb’s person and approximately four pounds of meth and 197 grams of heroin in the room. Four pounds of meth is the equivalent of about 14,496 doses. Webb told officers he or Fanslau had brought drugs to Montana at least five times, with each occasion involving several pounds of meth. Fanslau pleaded guilty and is pending sentencing.

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Assistant U.S. Attorney Julie R. Patten prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a U.S. Department of Justice initiative to reduce violent crime. Through PSN, federal, tribal, state and local law enforcement partners in Montana focus on violent crime driven by methamphetamine trafficking, armed robbers, firearms offenses and violent offenders with outstanding warrants.

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