Great Falls meth trafficker sentenced to four years in prison

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GREAT FALLS  — A Great Falls man who admitted to distributing methamphetamine in the community was sentenced today to four years in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, U.S. Attorney Leif M. Johnson said.

Mark Edwin Abresch, 63, pleaded guilty in October 2021 to possession with intent to distribute meth.

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

In court documents, the government alleged that Abresch distributed meth in the Great Falls community between September 2020 and April 2021. In a two-week period from the end of March to the beginning of April 2021, Abresch distributed more than 89 grams of meth in four controlled buys.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jessica A. Betley and Kalah A. Paisley prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the FBI and Great Falls Police Department.

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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