GREAT FALLS — Gregory George Denny of Great Falls, who admitted to drug trafficking and firearms crimes, was sentenced in federal court in Great Falls on Wednesday.
U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme said in a press release that Denny, 47 years old, pleaded guilty in August to possession with intent to distribute meth and to possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
Law enforcement officers responded on January 21, 2018 to a report of possible drug activity at two rooms at the Crystal Inn hotel in Great Falls and found Denny in one of the rooms. An officer felt a suspected meth pipe in a jacket he was handing to Denny. After getting a search warrant, officers found baggies of meth in the coat, a plastic vial with marijuana and a glass pipe with white residue.
Officers also found additional bags of meth, two cellular phones, $900 in cash, a scale, a knife and a hand grenade. And officers found four firearms and numerous rounds of ammunition on the bed.
A search of Denny’s phones determined there were extensive communications involving drug distribution, including messages where Denny was negotiating multi-pound meth deals. Other messages indicated Denny negotiated selling meth for firearms and vice versa.
Witnesses told law enforcement that Denny had been dealing meth since at least 2017 and typically possessed firearms.
U.S. District Judge Brian M. Morris presided, and sentenced Denny to 15 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release.