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Billings man sentenced for trafficking meth in Missoula and Great Falls

Posted at 8:30 PM, Sep 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-26 22:30:14-04

GREAT FALLS — A Billings man who previously admitted distributing methamphetamine in Missoula and Great Falls was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in federal prison and five years of supervised release, U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme said.

William Walton Hanson Jr., 41, also known as "JR," pleaded guilty in June to possession with intent to distribute meth.

In court documents filed in the case, the prosecution said that in December 2018, a Missoula County Sheriff's Office detective received information that Hanson was traveling to Missoula from Washington with drugs.

The detective was aware that Hanson was known to be involved in meth distribution and that Hanson had an active arrest warrant.

Missoula police conducted a traffic stop and arrested Hanson on the warrant. Officers obtained a search warrant for the vehicle and found approximately 125 grams of meth. Through the investigation, officers learned that Hanson was involved in trafficking meth in Missoula and Great Falls from about December 2018 to February 2019.

Chief U.S. District Judge Brian Morris presided.