Bozeman area man sentenced to prison for trafficking methamphetamine

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MISSOULA  — A Bozeman-area man who admitted to dealing methamphetamine in the community was sentenced today to four years in prison, to be followed by five years of supervised release, U.S. Attorney Leif M. Johnson said.

Marty Eugene McDonald, 62, of Clyde Park, pleaded guilty in December 2021 to possession with intent to distribute meth.

U.S. District Judge Dana L. Christensen presided.

The government alleged in court documents that in late 2020, the Missouri River Drug Task Force began an investigation into meth distribution by co-defendants Jared Williams and Max Stilson. The investigation led to McDonald and included three controlled purchases of meth from him. McDonald reported to law enforcement that he received about two pounds of meth from Williams over a six-month period and had been dealing meth for longer than he knew Williams. Williams was sentenced previously to eight years in prison for his conviction in case. An arrest warrant was issued for Stilson, who failed to appear for sentencing after conviction in the case. A third co-defendant, Arthur Kane, was sentenced previously to five years in prison for his conviction in the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer S. Clark prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the Missouri River Drug Task Force and the Montana Highway Patrol.

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.