The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced on Thursday that Jody Dowd Wooten of California was sentenced to 174 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, after pleading guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.
U.S. District Judge Brian M. Morris presided over the hearing.
In March of 2017, the Russell Country Drug Task Force received information regarding a woman distributing methamphetamine in Great Falls, Montana. Over the next two months, the task force purchased methamphetamine from this woman, and further identified her methamphetamine supplier as the defendant, Jody Wooten.
On June 15, 2017, through additional investigation, detectives located Wooten in Lewistown, Montana. Detectives had acquired information that Wooten possessed a large amount of methamphetamine, and had recently distributed methamphetamine to various people in Great Falls and Lewistown.
Officers saw Wooten driving through Lewistown and stopped her car. After finding she was the only occupant of the car, officers obtained a search warrant and searched Wooten’s car.
During the search, detectives seized $9,319, as well as 20 metal cans in a black bag. A further search of the cans revealed approximately eight pounds of methamphetamine and 20 pounds of marijuana.
The DEA lab analyzed the methamphetamine and determined it contained 3502.6 grams of actual methamphetamine.
Wooten is being held responsible for possessing eight pounds of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute it back into Montana communities. That converts to 28,016 individual dosage units of the drug that could have reached drug users in Montana.
Wooten, 50 years old, has an extensive criminal history that includes felony convictions for narcotics, burglaries, and embezzlement, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica Betley and investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and the Russell Country Drug Task Force.