Missoula meth trafficker sentenced to prison

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MISSOULA  — A Missoula woman who admitted to distributing large amounts of methamphetamine in the community was sentenced today to 30 months in prison, to be followed by five years of supervised release, U.S. Attorney Jesse Laslovich said.

Jessica Rachel Graff, 46, pleaded guilty in March to possession with intent to distribute meth.

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

The government alleged in court documents that in September 2021, law enforcement executed a search warrant on Graff’s residence and recovered meth, drug paraphernalia and a large amount of U.S. currency. Investigators learned from a witness that from January 2021 to September 2021, Graff distributed one to two ounces of meth per day and was seen in possession of approximately a half-pound to one pound of meth. Another witness told investigators about buying large quantities of meth and heroin from Graff and purchased approximately one ounce of meth every day from Graff and one of Graff’s associates for more than a year.

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 (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

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