BILLINGS—Big Timber resident Eric Daniel Gibson was sentenced today to six years in prison and five years of supervised release after he admitted to possessing methamphetamine for distribution, U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme said.
Gibson, 28, pleaded guilty in February to possession with intent to distribute meth.
U.S. District Judge Susan P. Watters presided.
In June 2017, Sweet Grass County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a single vehicle rollover near Interstate 90. Blood in the car suggested the driver was injured, the prosecution said in court documents. Witnesses said that the vehicle’s sole occupant had taken off running toward a nearby ranch. When the vehicle was turned upright, law enforcement found a cell phone and collected plastic baggies of meth and an ammunition tray. Gibson was found walking on the railroad tracks near the site of the accident. Investigators executed a search warrant on the cell phone and found text messages indicating meth distribution. The meth recovered totaled about 48.5 grams.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Tom Godfrey prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
The case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), which is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.