Eureka Man Pleads Guilty to Drug Charge

Tracy Eugene Conard faces at least five years in prison after officers discovered more than 50 grams of methamphetamine in his home

By Andy Viano

A 50-year-old Eureka man agreed to serve between five and 40 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance in U.S. District Court in Missoula on Tuesday.

Tracy Eugene Conard appeared in front of Judge Kathleen DeSoto to enter his guilty plea after reaching a plea agreement with prosecutors earlier this month. In that plea agreement, prosecutors agreed to drop a second firearms-related charge in exchange for the guilty plea. Conard faces a mandatory minimum of five years in prison and could be hit with up to $5 million in fines.

Conard was originally charged in June, seven months after investigators discovered a large quantity of illegal drugs and supplies linked to distribution inside his Eureka home. According to prosecutors, the investigation began after Conard sold methamphetamine to a law enforcement informant on Oct. 3, 2019. That incident led deputies to receive a search warrant for Conard’s home, where they found 53.6 grams of meth, 9.9 grams of black-tar heroin, three scales, hundreds of small plastic bags and “numerous firearms and ammunition” in November 2019.

Conard is scheduled to be sentenced in January.