A Missoula woman will spend four years in federal prison for her role as a translator in a meth conspiracy.

U.S. District Judge Susan Watters on Thursday sentenced Jennie Sue Pacot, 33, after she pleaded guilty earlier to conspiracy to possessing meth for distribution.

Pacot faced a guideline range of 70 months to 87 months.

Watters said Pacot played a “crucial” role in the conspiracy when she translated Spanish for a co-conspirator on three drug transactions and was being held responsible for nearly a pound of pure meth that was found in the vehicle she and another person were in when it was stopped in Yellowstone County by law enforcement in December 2010.

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Watters also noted that Pacot did not distribute meth but received only user amounts from other co-conspirators. Pacot, she said, had a long history of substance abuse and had voluntarily sought treatment before knowing she was under indictment.

Pacot apologized and said she was looking forward to rehabilitation opportunities.

The prosecution sought a sentence of 70 months, while defense recommended 36 months.

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