A Butte man was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for his role in a meth conspiracy.
On Thursday, Steven Francis Reychler, 70, was ordered to spend 5 years in prison for conspiracy to possess meth for distribution and a consecutive 5 years in prison for having a firearm during a drug trafficking crime. Reychler will also face 5 years of supervised release.
Reychler pleaded guilty to the charges on Aug. 16, 2018.
According to sentencing documents, in March 2016, Reychler sold a confidential informant 4 ounces of meth in Butte and mentioned bringing multiple pounds of meth to Butte from Las Vegas.
Two months later, law enforcement officers arrested Reychler’s niece in Dillon – Jennifer Lynn Marshall was headed to California to buy 4 pounds of meth. She had $12,000 and a handgun in her possession when she was arrested. Marshall was sentenced to 8 years in prison for her conviction in the case.
When he was interviewed, Reychler reportedly told investigators he had sent Marshall to California to buy the meth and gave her his .380 pistol.
Attorneys said the 4 ounces of meth in the March 2016 sale was found to contain 112 grams of pure meth, the equivalent of about 896 doses.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Tom Bartleson prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the Montana Division of Criminal Investigation, the High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force and the Missouri River Drug Task Force.