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Butte man sentenced in stolen medicine case

By Associated Press
Published On: Jul 15 2013 01:55:11 PM MDT
Updated On: Jul 15 2013 01:55:27 PM MDT
Prescription drugs, pills

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BUTTE, Mont. -

A 27-year-old Butte man has been sentenced to more than four years in prison for his role in a drug ring that sold prescription medications stolen from a medical waste disposal company.
    
U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen of Missoula sentenced Joshua Alan Blythe on Friday to four years and two months in prison for conspiracy to distribute controlled substances.
    
Prosecutors say the case began in August 2011 when a landlord found a five-gallon bucket containing prescription medication at a residence after he evicted the tenants, including Blythe.
    
Blythe said he got the pills from 52-year-old Wayne Alan Partin, a former co-worker at a medical waste disposal company. More than 61,500 pills were found at Partin's residence.
    
Partin is serving a 10-year prison sentence for the drug conspiracy charge and a child pornography charge.