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Spokane man sentenced to more than 10 years for meth trafficking

Donald Shawn Gilbrech
Posted at 7:24 PM, Oct 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-18 16:21:17-04

MISSOULA — A Spokane man has been sentenced to over 10 years in prison after bringing methamphetamine to Missoula for distribution.

Donald Shawn Gilbrech, 51, pleaded guilty in July to possession with intent to distribute meth and has been sentenced to 10 years and one month in prison and five years of supervised release.

In court records filed in the case, the prosecution said that in February, a confidential informant stored a backpack containing meth at Gilbrech’s request.

The informant consented to a search of the backpack and law enforcement recovered almost four pounds of meth. Four pounds of meth is the equivalent of about 14,496 doses.

Another informant told law enforcement that Gilbrech was a meth distributor and had delivered more than one pound of meth to Missoula in the summer of 2018, according to prosecutors.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Tara Elliott prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the FBI and the Montana Regional Violent Crimes Task Force.