KALISPELL — A Bigfork man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison and five years of supervised release after he was convicted of methamphetamine trafficking in northern Montana, authorities said.
U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme said Shane Alan Nault, 44, pleaded guilty in June to possession with intent to distribute meth and possession of a firearm, the Daily Inter Lake reported.
Prosecutors said drug task force officers were alerted by informants that Nault was selling meth in and around Hill County, and set up an undercover operation that also surveilled multiple drug transactions in his pickup truck.
Nault was arrested in March 2018 after officers located the truck and found him inside, allegedly under the influence of narcotics, authorities said. Police said they then obtained a search warrant for the truck where they found a pistol, about 500 grams (17 ounces) of meth and other drug paraphernalia.
Nault was prohibited from possessing firearms because of a previous felony conviction in U.S. District Court.
Nault was arrested again in August 2019 by Lake County sheriff's deputies after he was seen by ATF agents working at a business in Woods Bay, KRTV-TV originally reported.
He was also sentenced for drug crimes in Hill County in 2001 and 2002.