GREAT FALLS – A Utah man who towed a motorhome to the Fort Peck Indian Reservation and smuggled methamphetamine into the community was today sentenced to 10 years in prison and five years in prison. supervised release, Acting U.S. Attorney Leif Johnson said.
Andrew Michael Gomez, 33, of Ogden, Utah, pleaded guilty on September 14, 2020 to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine.
U.S. Chief District Judge Brian M. Morris presided.
In court documents filed in the case, the prosecution said Gomez and his co-accused, Jeffrey Allen Dabb, 39, of Ogden, Utah, towed a motorhome from Utah and hired a vacant land in the reserve. In August 2019, a Wolf Point police officer received reports of drug-related activity on the property where the motorhome was parked. The officer obtained a tribal search warrant to enter the property and seize the motorhome. Gomez, Dabb and another person were in the motorhome. Dabb said they were in the area to work in the North Dakota oil fields and denied that there was anything illegal in the camper van.
During a search of the camper van, law enforcement found more than 6.5 ounces of methamphetamine, drug records, electronic money transfer receipts showing bank transfers to individuals in the area. ‘Utah, a set of brass knuckles with a built-in knife, scales, bags and other drug paraphernalia.
Gomez attempted to further the methamphetamine trafficking plot while incarcerated on state charge by urging individuals to collect and sell the drugs, which he believed was still hidden in the camper van.
Dabb was found guilty in this case and sentenced to 51 months in prison.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Ethan Plaut continued the case, which was investigated by the FBI, Fort Peck Law Enforcement, Wolf Point Police Department, and the Sheriff’s Office. of Roosevelt County.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a US Department of Justice initiative to reduce violent crime. According to the FBI Uniform Crime Reports, violent crime in Montana increased 48% between 2013 and 2019. Thanks to the PSN, federal, tribal, state and local law enforcement partners in Montana are focusing on violent crimes related to methamphetamine trafficking, armed robbers and firearms offenses. and violent offenders with outstanding warrants.