GREAT FALLS — A Great Falls man, whom law enforcement officers revived from a drug overdose and later arrested after a chase, was sentenced today to six years in prison and four years of supervised release for trafficking methamphetamine and heroin in the community, U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme said.
Russell Robert Moddison, 48, pleaded guilty on Aug. 19 to possession with intent to distribute controlled substances.
Chief U.S. District Judge Brian M. Morris presided.
The prosecution said in court documents filed in the case that for months, the Russell Country Drug Task Force had been receiving reports that Moddison was trafficking drugs in Great Falls. On Feb. 19, Great Falls police officers responded to a residence for a report of a man who was unresponsive with blue lips. Officers saw Moddison on the floor and an unidentified male attempting to give him CPR. Officers took over the CPR. A female told officers that Moddison could have taken drugs and had asthma. Officers gave Moddison a dose of Narcan and continued chest compressions until medical responders arrived. Moddison began to wake up and mumble. The other people in the residence fled at that point, and Moddison was taken to the hospital for further treatment.
Probation and parole officers searched the residence and found $5,955 in Moddison’s wallet, drug paraphernalia and small amounts of meth in his car.
A few weeks later, officers got into a chase with Moddison and found him in possession of meth and heroin and $5,620 in cash.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica Betley prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Great Falls Police Department and the Russell Country Drug Task Force.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a U.S. Department of Justice initiative to reduce violent crime. According to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports, violent crime in Montana increased by 48% from 2013 to 2019. Through PSN, federal, tribal, state and local law enforcement partners in Montana focus on violent crime driven by methamphetamine trafficking, armed robbers, firearms offenses and violent offenders with outstanding warrants.