John Shannon Finley Jr.

HELENA – A Helena man has been sentenced to more than 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to a federal drug charge.

A grand jury indicted John Shannon Finley Jr. last September on charges of Conspiracy to Possess Methamphetamine with the Intent to Distribute and Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of Drug Trafficking.

According to court documents, Finley and a co-conspirator traveled to Washington state on as many as 12 different occasions to meet with meth suppliers and traded guns and a vehicle for drugs.

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Investigators say when questioned, Finley admitted to purchasing a total of three pounds of meth.

As part of a plea agreement, prosecutors dropped the firearm charge.

Finley received a total of 121 months incarceration and a $100 fine. The court also recommended 500 hours in the Residential Drug Abuse program.

Finley was arrested in Missoula last April on multiple charges including bail jumping.

In March of 2017, he led officers on a high-speed chase that ended in the Leisure Village Mobile Home Community.

His sentence will be served consecutively with a sentence out of Lewis and Clark Co. Finley will serve his time at a federal prison in Florence, Colorado.

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