Heart Butte man sentenced to prison for meth trafficking on Blackfeet Indian Reservation

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GREAT FALLS  — A Heart Butte man who admitted to trafficking methamphetamine on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation was sentenced today to 38 months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, U.S. Attorney Jesse Laslovich said.

Gary Allen Jimenez, 27, pleaded guilty in May to possession with intent to distribute meth.

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

In court documents, the government alleged that Jimenez, while on federal supervised released for a previous drug conviction, was involved with using and dealing meth on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. Based on information from law enforcement, Jimenez’s federal probation officer called Jimenez into the office in Browning in January for a drug screen, which was positive for meth and amphetamine. In a search of Jimenez’s truck, the probation officer found 246 grams of meth, which is about a half pound, in his backpack.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica A. Betley prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the FBI, U.S. Probation Office and Blackfeet Law Enforcement Services.

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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