BILLINGS – A Belgrade man who admitted to supplying methamphetamine to a local dealer was sentenced to eight years in prison today, followed by five years on probation, US Prosecutor Leif M. Johnson said.
Buddy Jonathan Shaw, Jr., 49, pleaded guilty in July to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine.
US District Judge Susan P. Watters presided.
In court documents filed in the case, the government alleged that in May 2020, U.S. probation officers and officers from the Missouri River Drug Task Force visited Shaw’s home after receiving complaints that Shaw was distributing methamphetamine. After knocking for several minutes, the probation officers opened the door because they had an arrest warrant for Shaw. Shaw told officers where his meth was hidden, and officers found approximately 230 grams of meth and $ 1,700. Shaw admitted that he had sold methamphetamine in the past year and had sold most of it to a local dealer. When Shaw was given the methamphetamine, it was kilograms at a time.
The Bozeman Missouri River Drug Task Force, the FBI, the Bozeman Police Department, the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the United States Probation Office investigated the case.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a US Department of Justice initiative to reduce violent crime. Through the PSN, federal, tribal, state and local law enforcement partners in Montana are focusing on violent crimes caused by methamphetamine trafficking, armed robbers, gun offenses, and crime. violent offenders with pending warrants.