GREAT FALLS, Mont. — A Montana man was sentenced Thursday to nearly six years (68 months) in federal prison and four years of supervised release for possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute it locally.
This guilty plea was announced by U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme, District of Montana. This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and Great Falls Police Department.
Michael Joseph Jacobson, 57, from Great Falls, previously pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.
The Russell Country (Montana) Drug Task Force and HSI became aware of Jacobson during a 2015 investigation into a methamphetamine ring in Great Falls. In April 2017, investigators learned that the ring’s out-of-state supplier had shipped a large amount of methamphetamine and Jacobson was going to meet a co-conspirator to get the shipment.
Agents saw Jacobson meet with the co-conspirator and stopped his vehicle after the meeting. During a search of Jacobson’s vehicle, agents found numerous cellphones and $8,000 in two wallets seized from Jacobson. Agents also told Jacobson to remove the methamphetamine that they saw him insert into his person. Methamphetamine seized from Jacobson totaled about 17.5 grams (0.61 ounces), which is about 140 doses. This investigation also determined that Jacobson typically picked up methamphetamine in Great Falls for redistribution in Butte, Montana.