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Pablo man sentenced on drug trafficking charges

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Posted at 3:30 PM, Mar 17, 2022

MISSOULA - A Pablo man who admitted to trafficking methamphetamine and heroin in Lake County was sentenced in Missoula federal court on Thursday.

U.S. Attorney Leif M. Johnson says Keith Charles Baylor, 35, — who pleaded guilty in November 2021 to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and heroin — will serve six years and six months in prison, to be followed by five years of supervised release.

Prosecutors alleged in court documents that in May 2021, Lake County Sheriff’s Office and Flathead Tribal Police officers were on routine patrol when they made a traffic stop of Baylor when he failed to signal.

Officers determined that Baylor was on state probation, which had a pick-up order for him, and also had an active tribal arrest warrant. Baylor was arrested and during a search of the vehicle, law enforcement found gram quantities of meth and heroin along with drug paraphernalia.

A search of a cell phone found in the vehicle indicated that Baylor was involved in drug distribution. Baylor told officers he had made several trips to Spokane to transport drugs and had been working with larger drug dealers in Billings.

U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy presided.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer S. Clark prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Flathead Tribal Police and Homeland Security Investigations.