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Missoula man sentenced in drug case

Posted at 11:53 AM, Oct 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-22 13:16:26-04
Bryce David Koch
Bryce David Koch, 31, of Missoula was convicted on drug trafficking charges. (Missoula County Sheriff’s Office photo)

MISSOULA – A Missoula man will be spending the next 10 years behind bars after being sentenced in a federal drug case.

Bryce David Koch, 31, of Missoula will also be on supervised release for five years as a result of his conviction in a methamphetamine trafficking case.

Koch had earlier pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine in a Missoula federal courtroom.

Prosecutors say that in In October of 2017, law enforcement officers received information that Koch was going to Washington and purchasing methamphetamine to bring back for distribution in the Missoula area.

The Montana Highway Patrol stopped Koch in his vehicle near Frenchtown on October 30. A search warrant later revealed there were 326 grams of pure meth in the vehicle which authorities say is the equivalent of more than 2,600 dosages.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Tara Elliott prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the Missoula High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force.