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California man sentenced in Missoula meth trafficking investigation

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Posted at 12:49 PM, Oct 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-20 14:49:37-04

MISSOULA — A California man who admitted conspiring to bring methamphetamine to Missoula for distribution has been sentenced to 15 years and 10 months in prison and five years of supervised release, U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme said.

Justin Michael Allen, 33, of Glendora, CA, pleaded guilty in June to conspiracy to distribute meth and to possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

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

The prosecution said in court records that in January, the Missoula High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force received information that an individual on state probation was involved in distributing meth.

Task force officers worked with the probationer as a confidential informant and learned that Allen was coming to Missoula to bring the informant meth.

Officers arrested Allen on Feb. 11 when he entered a store in Missoula. Allen told the officers to check his jacket pocket, and they found a 9mm pistol.

Officers served a warrant on the vehicle Allen used to travel to Montana and seized three packages that were determined to contain 1,204 grams, or about 2.6 pounds, of pure meth.

That quantity of meth is the equivalent of about 9,422 doses. Two other persons who traveled with Allen also were arrested.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy Racicot prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Missoula HIDTA.