Meth trafficking sends Missoula woman to prison for more than five years

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MISSOULA  — A Missoula woman was sentenced today to five years and three months in prison, to be followed by five years of supervised release, for trafficking a large amount of methamphetamine in the community, U.S. Attorney Leif M. Johnson said.

Jasmine Lori Snyder, 40, pleaded guilty in February to possession with intent to distribute meth.

U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy presided.

In court documents, the government alleged that Snyder possessed and intended to distribute 5.8 kilograms, which is approximately 12.7 pounds, of meth. On Nov. 30, 2021, a controlled delivery of two U.S. Postal Service parcels, previously determined to contain more than 500 grams of meth, was conducted at a residence in Missoula. Witnesses indicated that the packages belonged to Snyder. A confidential informant also regularly purchased meth directly from Snyder from August to October 2021. Twelve pounds of meth is the equivalent of approximately 46,000 doses.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Tara J. Elliott prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the FBI’s Montana Regional Violent Crime Task Force.

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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