A Havre man who admitted to selling the drugs has been sentenced to five years and four months in prison.

Inside An Auckland Methaphetamine Lab
Getty Images

This sentence will be followed by four years of supervised release.

Montana Drug Dealers

Stephen Eric Engelhardt, Jr., 41, pleaded guilty in December 2023 to the distribution of meth, according to the court documents.

Chief U.S. District Judge Brian M. Morris presided over the case.

Philippines War On Drugs Ahead Of Duterte's Inauguration
Getty Images

Drug Dealing Details

In March 2023, a Montana try agency task force kicked off the investigation into Engelhardt and his involvement in meth trafficking.

Engelhardt and his co-defendant, Tayla Wren Overlie, were caught on two separate occasions selling methamphetamine in April 2023

Following those dealings, law enforcement executed a search warrant at their residence and found drug paraphernalia, methamphetamine, ammunition, and numerous firearms, as well as US currency.

Police Break Crystal Meth Manufacturing Ring
Getty Images

Overlie was sentenced to five years and four months in prison for her conviction in the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Tara J. Elliott prosecuted the case. The Tri-Agency Task Force and the FBI conducted the investigation.

Project Safe Neighborhoods

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that brings together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence and make our neighborhoods safer.

On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

For more information about Project Safe Neighborhoods, visit Justice.gov/PSN.

Read Next: Drugs And Imported Pill Presses Send Montana Man To Jail

Top 6 Most Used Drugs In Montana

Drug use is on the rise throughout the United States and we see it more and more here in Montana.

You would think Marijuana would be number one, but considering it is now legal, the arrests are far fewer than they have been in the past years.

Here are the Top 6 Most Used Drugs In Montana.

Gallery Credit: megan shaul

Parents Should Familiarize Themselves with These Illegal Drugs

Knowledge is power, especially when it comes to recognizing and understanding when your child becomes involved with illegal drugs.

Gallery Credit: Cindy Campbell

Top 10 Healthiest States

A new report says California is better than Idaho...at least when it comes to well-being.

Gallery Credit: Cort Freeman

More From KMON Country 560 AM