Gregory David Kalayjian

Gregory David Kalayjian

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A 54-year-old man who pleaded guilty to dealing methamphetamine and heroin in Missoula will spend the next 15 years in federal prison.

U.S. District Court Chief Judge Dana Christensen handed down the judgement Thursday against Gregory David Kalayjian.

In addition to the prison sentence, Kalayjian will be on supervision for eight years after he is released, and was ordered to forfeit four handguns and nearly $12,000 in cash found during his arrest.

According to court documents, Missoula police found Kalayjian and two other people in a Missoula motel in October 2016, and as part of an investigation seized and searched Kalayjian’s car. In it, they found 40 grams of meth, almost 60 grams of heroin and $11,991 in cash in a safe in the trunk, as well as two pistols under the seats.

Kalayjian was later arrested in December and police searched his trailer house, finding another 428 grams of meth, 110 grams of heroin and two more pistols. Kalayjian has prior felony convictions from California.

He was originally charged in Missoula County District Court in January with felonies related to the drugs found in his car. That case was dismissed in March, a month before federal prosecutors filed their charges.

In June, Kalayjian pleaded guilty to felonies of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and possession of a firearm as part of a drug trafficking crime in exchange for five other charges being dismissed.

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