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Montana State Prison employee sentenced for transferring drugs to inmates – Brospar Daily News

DEER LODGE — A Montana jail worker was sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to charges of helping inmates send and receive drugs, according to the Montana attorney general’s office.

Charles Bratler previously pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to transfer unlawful objects after facilitating the transfer of drugs between inmates in 2019 and 2020, according to reports. These drugs include methamphetamine, sulfoxide, heroin, marijuana and cocaine.

Blattler was sentenced Aug. 31 in Powell County District Court by Judge Robert J. Whelan.

Provided by the Montana Department of Justice

Charles Bratler

“Our work to keep Montanaians safe extends to prisons and other correctional facilities. I thank the Department of Corrections for its assistance and cooperation in the investigation and prosecution of these criminals who brought drugs into state prisons,” said Attorney General Austin G. Knudsen.

“The Montana Department of Corrections has zero tolerance for such activity at its facilities. We appreciate the thorough investigation by the DOC’s Office of Investigation and the aggressive prosecution by the Montana Department of Justice,” said Montana Department of Corrections Commissioner Brian Gootkin.

Others also convicted in the case include Brett Russell McKeehan, an inmate who was sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiring to distribute dangerous drugs; Charles Dustin Rickett, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute dangerous drugs He was sentenced to 25 years in prison after using drugs. Dangerous Drugs and Zachary Tucker Martin, who was sentenced to 3 consecutive years for conspiracy to transfer illegal items.

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