A former Montana Grizzlies basketball player faces felony charges for allegedly selling prescription drugs to undercover Missoula police officers.

Eric Taylor Hutchison, 24, is charged with one count of criminal distribution of dangerous drugs and is scheduled to enter his plea Thursday at 8:30 a.m. in Missoula County District Court.

According to the affidavit filed by Deputy County Attorney Jason Marks, a confidential source contacted Detective Dean Chrestenson and informed him Hutchison was offering to sell Adderall.

The Missoula Drug Task Force set up a controlled buy and Hutchison allegedly sold Adderall twice to undercover law enforcement officers, receiving cash for the pills.

During an interview with law enforcement in May, Hutchison reportedly confessed to selling approximately 1,000 tablets at $5 per pill.

A 6-foot-9 center, Hutchison started for the University of Montana in all but 10 games since 2012. He started in 21 of 29 games last season, averaging 3.8 points and almost two rebounds per contest. The team posted a 17-13 record.

He also started in 27 of 29 games during the 2012-13 season and was seventh on the team in rebounding. During the 2010-11 season, Hutchison played in 17 games and redshirted during the 2009-10 season his freshman year.

Reporter Kathryn Haake can be reached at 523-5268 or at kate.haake@missoulian.com.

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I guess if we would just make it legal, it would no longer be a problem, right?


The real crime here is that he averaged 3.8 points and less than 2 rebounds for a 6'9" center

Slipper E

Must you use "Former Griz" w/ your "story"?


Silly question, this is the Missoulian. Its their mantra. Just because Gwen is gone, don't expect a change.


These poor poor former griz, with bs degrees and no real world skills they turn to the only thing they know…. Selling Drugs!!! Reform the private prison that is griz sports.. We need rehabilitation not trophies!!!

Alan H Johnson

There are many more former Griz who excel in professions such as law, medicine, business, education, you name it. UM athletes have great academic records. Griz Sports are not a "prison." We all make our own "prisons." One prison is shutting one's self off by categorizing others into stereotypes.


It is always drugs in this country today. Killing for drugs, stealing and killing for money for drugs, selling drugs for money, lying and cheating for drugs, abandoning children for drugs, and on and on. What a scurge.


yes, its a true story. but let's get serious about the alcohol abuse and addiction. everyday in the news its crime, ruined families and domestic partner abuse or some crazy act by a drunk. I addition, just read alcohol is the 2nd leading cause of cancer. what a tremendous cost to our society. what a waste of time and money and lives!

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