GREAT FALLS — A man who admitted to trafficking meth in Great Falls and to transporting $80,000 in stolen ATVs and other property in a cross-country crime spree that ended in Missouri, was sentenced in federal court in Great Falls on Thursday.
Harold Goodson Hill, 37, pleaded guilty in July to possession with intent to distribute meth and to interstate transportation of stolen property.
The government alleged in court documents that in September 2020, the Great Falls Police Department responded to a series of theft complaints around town of various items, including an ATV from a pickup truck.
While responding to a report, officers found Hill asleep in the driver’s seat of a vehicle and seized stolen items found in the vehicle.
In October 2020, law enforcement learned Hill had been selling meth in Great Falls and that he was receiving suspicious packages from Las Vegas to an address he had in Townsend.
Officers stopped Hill after he picked up a package at the Townsend post office, seized the package and determined it contained 1.9 pounds of meth. Hill told agents he had come to Montana from Virginia in April 2020 and admitted to distributing meth. The agents released Hill.
The government further alleged that Hill rented a 26-foot Penske truck in Whitehall on Oct. 29, 2020. A trooper in Missouri ultimately stopped the Penske truck, which was pulling a trailer that had been stolen from Broadwater County. Hill was the driver and sole occupant of the truck.
Officers searched the truck and trailer and found five ATVs and a UTV that had been stolen in Montana and South Dakota, along with a Toro lawnmower and other items. The estimated value of the stolen items was $80,000.
Chief U.S. District Judge Brian Morris sentenced Hill to 11 years and four months in prison, followed by four years of supervised release. Judge Morris also ordered that Hill pay $70,364 in restitution, according to a news release from Acting U.S. Attorney Leif Johnson.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jessica Betley and Jeffrey Starnes prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration, Great Falls Police Department, Russell Country Drug Task Force, Broadwater County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Postal Service, Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, Belle Fourche Police Department, South Dakota, Sioux Falls Police Department, South Dakota, and Missouri State Highway Patrol.