A Clyde Park man who admitted to dealing meth in the Bozeman-area was sentenced to four years in prison followed by five years of supervised release.
Marty Eugene McDonald, 62, of Clyde Park, pleaded guilty in December 2021 to one count of possession with intent to distribute meth, and was part of a cohort of three other men who were involved in a 2020 scheme to sell meth in southwest Montana.
U.S. District Judge Dana L. Christensen sentenced McDonald to four years in prison followed by five years of supervised release Wednesday morning in Missoula, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Montana.
The charges stem from a late 2020 investigation by the Missouri River Drug Task Force into meth distribution that involved four men, including McDonald.
The task force had been investigating Jared Robert Williams, 42, of Bozeman, on suspicion he had been distributing of “large quantities” of meth in the area, according to court documents.
In November 2020, a Montana Highway Patrol trooper stopped Williams and searched his car.
During the search, the trooper found an unspecified amount of meth, drug paraphernalia, two cell phones and more than $17,500 in cash.
According to court documents, McDonald had reported to law enforcement that he received about two pounds of meth from Williams over a six-month period, and that he had been selling meth prior to obtaining meth from Williams.
Arthur Ronald Kane, 52, of Belgrade, was also involved in the scheme and told the law enforcement he was a “middle-man” in a meth distribution system and that he sold meth with Williams and the fourth man, Max Dudley Stilson of Belgrade.
Stilson is the only man who has not been sentenced in the case. He has a warrant out for his arrest after failing to appear for his sentencing hearing, according to the press release.
Williams was sentenced in February to eight years in prison for trafficking meth.
Kane, 52, of Belgrade, was sentenced in February to serve five years.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer S. Clark prosecuted McDonald’s case, which was investigated by the Missouri River Drug Task Force and the Montana Highway Patrol.