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Kalispell man sentenced for trafficking heroin, illegal possession of firearm

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Posted at 8:27 AM, Mar 30, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-30 10:27:40-04

MISSOULA - A Kalispell man who admitted to trafficking heroin and to illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison, to be followed by five years of supervised release.

Joseph Daniel Fox, 29, pleaded guilty in December 2021, to possession with intent to distribute heroin and to prohibited person in possession of firearms and ammunition, according to U.S. Attorney Leif M. Johnson.

The government alleged in court documents that the Flathead County Sheriff’s Office had several cases involving Fox in which information indicated he was distributing drugs in the Flathead Valley and possessed firearms.

Law enforcement learned from several sources that they had purchased heroin from Fox in 2019 and 2020. A search warrant executed on Fox’s Facebook account provided numerous messages where Fox offered heroin for sale and discussed prices.

In February 2019, a search warrant was executed on Fox’s residence as part of a burglary investigation. Officers located marijuana, a digital scale, two firearms, methamphetamine, and jewel baggies.

Prosecutors say Fox admitted to using marijuana and to possessing the guns and meth in his home.

U.S. District Judge Dana L. Christensen presided.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer S. Clark prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the Flathead County Sheriff’s Office, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the FBI’s Montana Regional Violent Crime Task Force.