California man sentenced for selling oxycodone in Great Falls

Posted at 2:00 PM, Jun 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-22 16:00:59-04

(GREAT FALLS) The United States Attorney’s Office announced on Thursday that 46-year old Lafaven Adams of Corona, California, was sentenced to 54 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. 

U.S. District Judge Brian M. Morris presided over the hearing.  

Court documents state that in February of 2017, law enforcement officers in Great Falls became aware of large shipments of oxycodone arriving in Great Falls from California.  That month, detectives examined a package that contained approximately 200 oxycodone pills, which possessed a street value of approximately $12,000. 

Through further investigation, officers learned that similar shipments had arrived in Great Falls and surrounding areas, and all of them came from Long Beach, California. 

Officers later identified the source of these shipments as Adams.  In March of 2017, detectives found Adams in Great Falls and watched him complete numerous drug deals in various parking lots.  After obtaining a search warrant, detectives found 544 oxycodone pills in Adams’ hotel room.  The pills had a street value of approximately $32,000 and were of the same type and manufacture as the pills previously seized. 

Detectives also learned that Adams frequently traveled to Great Falls from Long Beach, and distributed hundreds of pills from his hotel room and throughout town. 

When Adams was not in Great Falls, he sent numerous packages that contained pills to Great Falls for redistribution.  Adams has an extensive criminal history that includes numerous drug trafficking convictions. 

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica Betley and investigated by the Russell Country Drug Task Force and Homeland Security Investigations.

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