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Date: 01-19-2023

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United States of America v. Christopher Lee Wylie

Case Number: 2:22-cr-00007

Judge: Dana L. Christensen

Court: United States District Court for the District of Montana (Missoula County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office in Missoula

Defendant's Attorney: David Michael Maldonado

Description: Missoula, Montana criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with trafficking methamphetamine and to illegally possessing 16 firearms that were found in a crawl space in his residence.

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The government alleged that the Missouri River Drug Task Force, while investigating drug trafficking, stopped a vehicle in September 2021 when the vehicle returned to Montana from California. Wylie was a passenger. Law enforcement located 5.24 pounds of meth in the vehicle, and Christopher Lee Wylie, age 40, admitted he traveled with the driver to California to obtain drugs to sell. Wylie admitted to selling drugs from his home in Belgrade. In addition, the government alleged that in February 2022, law enforcement served a search warrant on Wylie’s residence and located 16 firearms and ammunition in the crawl space and a small amount of heroin, meth and cocaine in his residence. Wylie admitted in a prior interview that he used meth and “blues,” which usually refers to counterfeit oxycodone that often contains fentanyl.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer S. Clark prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the Missouri River Drug Task Force and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.


Outcome: Defendant sentenced to the custody of the BOP for a term of 60 months in CR 22-7 and 57 months on CR 22-30, to run concurrently to each other. Supervised release for a term of 4 years on CR 22-7 and 3 years on CR 22-30, to run concurrently to each other. Standard and special conditions imposed. Fine waived. Special assessment of $200 ($100 in each case).

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