Montana man sentenced to six years in prison for dealing pounds of meth

May 28, 2017

MISSOULA — A Missoula man was sentenced to six years in federal prison on Thursday for trafficking pounds of methamphetamine into the area.

Jonathan Allen Farran’s house was raided in November — on his birthday — by the FBI and Montana Regional Violent Crime Task Force, which had been investigating his drug dealing.

U.S. District Court Judge Dana Christensen imposed the sentence Thursday after Farran, 33, pleaded guilty to possession of meth with intent to distribute in February under a plea agreement that dropped his other three federal charges. Farran will be on supervision for another four years after he is released from prison.

According to court documents filed in the case, investigators and prosecutors believe Farran sold as much as three pounds of meth in Missoula over the course of 2016. He has been in custody since his initial arrest during the raid.

In a court affidavit, FBI Special Agent Monte Shaide wrote that starting in the middle of 2016, confidential sources informed officers they were able to purchase large quantities of meth from Farran, and one source completed a drug purchase at the home on the 1900 block of Strand Avenue while wearing a recording device.

In addition to his prison sentence, Farran was ordered to forfeit the money, guns and ammunition found in his house. This includes more than $1,700 in cash, six pistols, seven rifles, three shotguns, 1,048 rounds of varying calibers and a variety of firearm magazines, scopes, and other gun parts.