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Case Number: 6:21-cr-00002-BMM
Judge: Brian Morris
Court: United States District Court for the District of Montana (Cascade County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office
Description: Great Falls, Montana criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with possession with intent to distribute drugs.
Roy Allen Shostak, a 28 year-old resident of Polson, was indicted for Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine.
Prosecutors presented evidence that in May 2020, Helena Police Department and members of the Missouri River Drug Task Force received information that Shostak was armed with a gun and selling drugs. Additionally, law enforcement officers were aware that the defendant had absconded from probation. Following observation of Shostak’s activities, officers arrested the defendant on outstanding warrants. Following the arrest, officers found a marijuana pipe although the defendant was not a holder of a medical marijuana car. The defendant’s care was seized pending a search warrant. While conducting a search warrant of the defendant’s car, officers found three plastic baggies of methamphetamine, a smartphone and a digital scale in a backpack that was located on the front passenger seat. Inside the glove box, officers located a hand-written bill of sale, a smartphone, a piece of paper containing Shostak’s social security number, date of birth, email address, and physical address and credit card number, and a used syringe in the center console.
Law enforcement obtained a warrant to search the phone and uncovered text messages between Shostak and third parties where Shostak discussed his trafficking of various drugs. The jury deliberated for 18 minutes before returning a verdict of guilty.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeff Starnes prosecuted the case which was investigated by the Helena Police Department and the Missouri River Drug Task Force.
21:841(a)(1) POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE METHAMPHETAMINE
Outcome: Defendant was found guilty by a jury.