Sep 28, 2010 5:48 PM by KXLH (Helena)

WA man sentenced in Helena on marijuana charges

Steve Phaysith, a Washington resident, appeared in a federal courtroom in Helena this week and received a five-year sentence after pleading guilty to possession of and intent to distribute marijuana.

Phaysith, 43, was stopped by the Montana Highway Patrol in November 2009 for speeding on I-90 near Three Forks.

The MHP trooper issued Phaysith a warning for speeding and then asked Phaysith whether he was transporting drugs in the back of his truck.

Phaysith admitted that he had marijuana in the truck and that he had been instructed to deliver it to Minnesota.

Law enforcement officers from the Missouri River Drug Task Force executed a search warrant on the truck and seized nine boxes, each filled with several vacuum-sealed, one-pound packages of marijuana.

The DEA lab in San Francisco analyzed a statistical sample of the drugs and concluded that they were in fact marijuana.


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