Martin James Walsh, a 53-year-old resident of Twin Bridges, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to charges related to selling methamphetamine in Butte and other locations.
Walsh's path to pleading guilty of possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of a substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine began in October 2016, when the South West Montana Drug Task Force used a confidential informant to purchase an 8-ball of methamphetamine from Walsh. A month later, the task force again made an undercover purchase of a quarter-ounce of methamphetamine from Walsh. In June 2017, the Madison County Sheriff’s Office used another confidential informant to purchase a small amount of heroin from Walsh.
Based upon the purchases, sheriff deputies obtained a search warrant for Walsh’s residence in Twin Bridges. During the search of Walsh’s home, they found a digital scale, several glass smoking pipes, and a large box containing approximately 260 grams, or 2,080 dosing units.
After being detained, Walsh stated that he had been selling ounces of meth in Madison County as well as in Bozeman and Butte.
Further investigation by the Missouri River Drug Task Force found that Walsh had been supplying large quantities of methamphetamine to a distributor in Bozeman. It was learned that between July 2016 and January 2017, Walsh had distributed 1,357 grams, or 10,856 dosing units, of methamphetamine to his co-conspirator to be distributed throughout the Gallatin County area.