Victor Manuel Ortega-Yescas

Victor Manuel Ortega-Yescas

Two Bozeman men were sentenced to prison Friday and are facing deportation for distributing large amounts of methamphetamine in the area.

Victor Manuel Ortega-Yescas, 51, was sentenced to three years in prison for possession with intent to distribute meth. Carmelo Enrique Ruiz-Morales, 45, was sentenced to 18 months in prison for distribution of meth.

Ortega-Yescas and Ruiz-Morales each pleaded guilty to the charges in June. Upon their release, they are being referred to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for deportation.

The two were identified as sources for meth in Bozeman, according to a U.S. Department of Justice news release.

In 2018, a Missouri River Drug Task Force confidential informant made three controlled buys of 2 ounces each from Ruiz-Morales, the release said. During a controlled buy, the informant bought 1 pound of meth from Ruiz-Morales for $7,500.

After seeing Ruiz-Morales meet with Ortega-Yescas, law enforcement began investigating Ortega-Yescas. A search warrant on Ruiz-Morales showed text messages between the two that indicated Ortega-Yescas supplied meth to Ruiz-Morales.

The release said investigators found that Ortega-Yescas would drive 15 hours to Lynwood, California, spend a few hours there and return to Montana.

Officers pulled Ortega-Yescas over in Big Sky on Feb. 10, and found 4.7 pounds of 99% pure meth in his truck.

Freddy Monares can be reached at fmonares@dailychronicle.com or 406-582-2630. Follow him on Twitter @TGIFreddy.

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