Three men, connected with the 2017 Bozeman overdoses, have been sentenced to prison after being convicted of charges against them. In a statement released by U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme, the trio was convicted of drug trafficking and other drug-related charges such as possession with intent to distribute controlled substances.
21-year-old Dylan Joseph Jardin, received the longest sentence, after being handed a seven-year prison sentence, coupled with three years of supervised release. The Bozeman native was also ordered to pay $10,925 in restitution. Jardin admitted to conspiring to distribute and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, cocaine, carfentanil, and oxycodone in June. The 21-year-old is also to forfeit $4,012 in cash.
According to court documents, Jardin and his associates, ran a drug ring, with the help of the dark web, where they obtained their controlled substances. Law enforcement officers caught up to their criminal doings in 2017, when there was a spike in the number of drug overdoses in Gallatin County. An investigation into the matter led the officers straight to Jardin and his associates, who are were named as co-defendants in the indictment.
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In one instance, five people who purchased drugs from Jardin and his associates, overdosed but was revived by paramedics with Narcan, a drug used as an emergency treatment in case of drug overdoses.
During Jardin’s interrogation, he stated that he moved to Montana back in 2015 and started with his drug business. Jardin sold oxycodone, marijuana, Xanax, cocaine, meth and other synthetic opioids which he bought from a contact on the dark web. The illicit drugs were then mailed to him through various address all in Bozeman. He also stated that he purchased meth from another dealer in Las Vegas, and regularly sold drugs such as cocaine, to co-defendants Brock, McCarthy and Waters.
22-year-old Waters also admitted to buying drugs from Jardin and added that, he also started selling cocaine later. He pleaded guilty in June to possession with intent to distribute cocaine. Brent Timothy McCarthy is awaiting sentencing after being convicted in a separate trial.
Rady Charles Waters was handed a one year and one-day prison sentence with three years of supervised release. The third co-defendant 30-year-old Artemus Lavelle Brock, known popularly by the alias “Al Beezy,” was also given a three-year probation sentence after pleading guilty in June to possession of cocaine, a misdemeanour.
The four culprits were indicted on federal charges back in March for allegedly selling illicit drugs which led to the fatal overdoses of two of their customers in Gallatin County in 2017. The indictment at that time stated that all four people conspired to distribute illicit drugs such as methamphetamine, oxycodone, cocaine, and carfentanil in Bozeman and Belgrade between January 1 and September 30 in 2017.
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A second count in the indictment stated that Jardin’s actions between August 1 and September 2017, led to the deaths of two people, after selling carfentanil to them. Two other people also overdosed and were linked to the carfentanil Jardin was selling.
This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration with assistance from the Missouri River Drug Task Force and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Tom Bartleson and Jessica Betley.
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