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Washington man admits to meth possession

| November 23, 2023 12:00 AM

A man from Shoreline, Wash., has admitted to possession of methamphetamine. Jason Adam Cordova, 41, entered into a plea agreement in Polson District Court Nov. 15. He was found guilty by way of an Alford plea of criminal possession of dangerous drugs.

Cordova was also charged with the more serious offense of criminal possession with intent to distribute. The plea agreement comes with a joint recommendation of four years with the Montana Department of Corrections, with all but time served suspended and the distribution charge being dismissed at sentencing. The judge is not bound to the agreement.

According to court records, on June 29, 2015, law enforcement in Lake County seized a mobile phone as part of a larger investigation. A search of that device's messaging system led officers to where Cordova was staying, and 1.87 oz. of methamphetamine. A search of Cordova’s Chevy Impala bearing Washington license plates turned up $5,770. Text messages on the seized mobile device referred to a $1,500 per ounce drug transaction and other possible co-defendants.

Judge Molly Owen set a sentencing date of Jan. 10.