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Missoula man given prison time on drug, firearms charges

Posted at 1:33 PM, May 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-16 17:57:53-04
Nickolas William Povsha, 24, of Missoula (photo credit: Missoula County Sheriff’s Office)

MISSOULA – A Missoula man who admitted distributing methamphetamine and other drugs and to having multiple firearms will spend the next eight years behind bars.

Nickolas William Povsha, 24, was also sentenced on Wednesday to five years of supervised release, U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme said.

Povsha, 24, had previously pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute controlled substances and to possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

Prosecutors said in court records that Povsha twice sold a confidential informant MDMA, commonly known as ecstasy, in April and May 2018. And in July 2018, pursuant to a federal search warrant, two packages belonging to Povsha were intercepted and searched. O

ne package contained more than 50 grams of pure methamphetamine and the other contained marijuana seeds. A third package was searched at a later date and was found to contain Xanax.

Law enforcement also executed a search warrant at Povsha’s residence in August 2018 and found multiple firearms, ammunition, drugs, a scale and other items.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Tara Elliott prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the Missoula High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force and Homeland Security Investigations.