For Immediate Release
Washington Man Sentenced to Eight Years in Prison for Meth Trafficking, Illegal Possession of Stolen Firearm
BILLINGS — A Washington man who admitted to dealing methamphetamine and to illegal possession of a firearm after a traffic stop in Rosebud County was sentenced on June 2 to eight years in prison, to be followed by four years of supervised release, U.S. Attorney Jesse Laslovich said.
Andrew Rex Allenby, 35, of Richland, Washington, pleaded guilty in December 2021 to possession with intent to distribute meth and to prohibited person in possession of a firearm.
U.S. District Judge Susan P. Watters presided.
The government alleged in court documents that in September 2020, a Rosebud County Sheriff’s Office sergeant was patrolling along the interstate and made a traffic stop of Nissan Altima that was speeding. Allenby was the driver. The sergeant was familiar with both Allenby and his passenger because he had pulled over the passenger who was driving another car earlier in the day. The sergeant suspected there may be drugs in the car based on strange behaviors and other information. A K-9 was deployed and alerted on the car. The vehicle was seized and searched pursuant to a warrant. Law enforcement found 113 grams of meth, fentanyl pills and other drugs in a backpack belonging to Allenby. In the trunk, officers located a handgun that had been stolen in North Dakota. Allenby was prohibited from possessing firearms because of a felony conviction in Washington.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Colin M. Rubich prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Rosebud County Sheriff’s Office.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a U.S. Department of Justice initiative to reduce violent crime. 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.