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POLSON — A Lolo man was committed at District Court in Polson on Nov. 2 to 10 years with the Montana Department of Corrections with all but time served suspended.

Jay Le Cleveland, 46, had entered a “no contest” plea to one count of criminal possession with intent to distribute during an earlier court appearance. In a “no contest” plea, a defendant concedes the case based on state’s evidence. The plea was entered as part of a plea agreement that dismisses another count of criminal possession with intent to distribute.

According to court records, on Jan. 12, law enforcement responded to a report of a man slumped over the steering wheel of a vehicle in the parking lot of a grocery store at 10:30 a.m. The man was identified as Cleveland, who was already on probation. Cleveland’s probation officer gave the responding law enforcement agency permission to search Cleveland’s vehicle. The search allegedly turned up a digital scale, 32 grams of methamphetamine and 179 fentanyl pills with the “M-30” stamp.

Judge Molly Owen gave Cleveland credit for already having served 42 days in the Lake County jail.

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