A man who admitted bringing methamphetamine to Kalispell for distribution was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison on Thursday, U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme said.
Chief U.S. District Judge Dana L. Christensen sentenced Christopher George Nomura, 35, of Corona, Ca., to five years for conviction on possession with intent to distribute meth, a consecutive five years for possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and to five years supervised release.
Nomura pleaded guilty to the charges Aug. 1, 2018.
Law enforcement officers arrested Nomura at a Kalispell hotel February 2016 after a confidential informant bought meth from Nomura’s codefendant. The co-defendant told investigators he drove with Nomura to Kalispell and that Nomura had brought meth to sell. When agents arrested Nomura, they found two pistols and a baggie of meth on him.
Nomura admitted to agents he and his co-defendant drove from California in early 2016 with about a pound of meth to distribute and that he had returned to California and got more meth to sell in Kalispell.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Tom Bartleson prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the Northwest Drug Task Force. This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make neighborhoods safer for everyone. The Department of Justice reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of its renewed focus on targeting violent criminals.