Montana man sentenced to 10 years in prison for drug trafficking, unlawful possession of firearm


SPOKANE, Wash. — A U.S. District Judge sentenced a man to ten years in prison for drug trafficking charges and illegally possessing a firearm.

Tyrell Wade Nault, 22, of Havre, Montana, was sentenced in Spokane’s federal court for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and unlawful possession of a firearm. Nault pled guilty on December 2, 2021.

According to court documents, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office arrested Nault and his girlfriend on May 29, 2020, in Spokane Valley. They had outstanding arrest warrants for criminal proceedings in Montana.

During the arrest, deputies found $1,355 in cash, about 32 Oxycodone pills, and a loaded 9mm pistol in Nault’s possession. Deputies also recovered a digital scale, more cash, and 81 grams of methamphetamine in Nault’s vehicle.

“These types of federal, state, and local partnerships, coupled with community engagement, are essential to prevent convicted felons from obtaining firearms and distributing poison in our communities.” U.S. Attorney Vanessa R. Waldref said, “Today’s sentence removes Mr. Nault from our community for 10 years, sending an important signal that the U.S. Attorney’s Office continues to vigorously prosecute those who distribute deadly narcotics in Eastern Washington.”

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