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California meth trafficker sentenced to prison

Posted at 6:50 PM, Jan 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-23 20:56:59-05

A California man who admitted that two pounds of meth found during a traffic stop, was sentenced on Thursday to 10 years in prison and five years of supervised release.

Tony Gregory Amador Ortiz, 25, of Rancho Cordova, CA, pleaded guilty in October to possession with intent to distribute meth. Chief U.S. District Judge Dana L. Christensen presided.

The prosecution said in court records that an undercover surveillance operation by Missoula drug task force officers on July 15, 2019 led to a traffic stop of a vehicle in which Ortiz was a passenger.

In a search of the car officers found two pounds of meth, is the equivalent of about 7,248 doses. Ortiz admitted the meth belonged to him.

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

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a U.S. Department of Justice initiative to reduce violent crime.

Through PSN, federal, tribal, state and local law enforcement partners in Montana focus on violent crime driven by methamphetamine trafficking, armed robbers, firearms offenses and violent offenders with outstanding warrants.