Browning man sentenced to prison for distributing methamphetamine on Blackfeet Indian reservation | USAO-MT

GREAT FALLS – A Browning man who admitted distributing methamphetamine on the Blackfoot Indian Reservation was today sentenced to 20 months in prison and four years of supervised release, the acting US attorney said Leif M. Johnson.

Dakoda Blu Wade Iron Shirt, 28, pleaded guilty Feb. 4 to distributing methamphetamine.

Chief U.S. District Judge Brian M. Morris presided.

The government alleged in court documents that in August 2019, a confidential source working with the Drug Enforcement Administration and the FBI purchased approximately half an ounce of methamphetamine from Iron Shirt in a controlled purchase. Additional witnesses identified Iron Shirt as a methamphetamine distributor on the Blackfoot Indian Reservation.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Ethan R. Plaut prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, FBI, Cut Bank Police Department, Big Sky Safe Trails Task Force and Blackfeet Law Enforcement Services.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a US Department of Justice initiative to reduce violent crime. Through PSN, federal, tribal, state and local law enforcement partners in Montana focus on violent crimes motivated by meth trafficking, armed robbers, firearms offenses fire and violent offenders with outstanding warrants.

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Nohemi M. Moore