Helena man sentenced to 10 years in prison for meth trafficking, firearm crimes

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GREAT FALLS — A Helena man who admitted to trafficking methamphetamine and to possessing a stolen gun was sentenced today to 10 years in prison to be followed by four years of supervised release, Acting U.S. Attorney Leif M. Johnson said.

Robert Raymond Fasuga, 38, pleaded guilty in June to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute meth and to possession of a stolen firearm.

Chief U.S. District Judge Brian M. Morris presided.

In court documents filed in the case, the prosecution alleged that on June 14, 2020, Fasuga possessed at least one stolen firearm after he fled from law enforcement, pulled two firearms from his person and pointed them to his head. Officers talked him down, and Fasuga later told agents that he assumed the guns were stolen because he paid $50 for each one. Mountain Man Trading Post in Belgrade was the lawful owner of a .380 pistol recovered from Fasuga. The government also alleged that Fasuga was a meth dealer. During the execution of a federal search warrant on March 24, 2021, agents found about one pound of meth that Fasuga intended to sell and $6,779 in U.S. currency believed to be drug proceeds.

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The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case.

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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