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Bozeman man accused of carrying 27 grams of meth in his backpack

Posted at 2:00 PM, Apr 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-02 18:24:56-04

BOZEMAN – A Bozeman man is facing as much as 20 years in prison after police allegedly found a large rock of methamphetamine in his backpack.

According to court documents, a Gallatin County Deputy Sheriff arrested 63-year-old James Caton Monday morning after seeing drug paraphernalia in plain sight in Caton’s backpack.

After obtaining a warrant to search the backpack around 10 a.m. Monday, the deputy said he found a large rock of meth that weighed approximately 27 grams.

The deputy conferred with the Missouri River Drug Task Force, court documents state, to confirm that such a large amount of meth is more consistent with intent to distribute than just for personal use.

Caton was charged with possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute due to the quantity of meth allegedly found in his possession. He appeared in Gallatin County Justice Court on Tuesday where his bail was set at $25,000.

Caton was ordered not to leave the state of Montana if he is able to post bond ahead of his next court appearance, scheduled for April 19.