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Sep 3, 2010 10:19 AM by Jay Kohn

Defendants in Billings cocaine conspiracy released from custody

BILLINGS - A Billings oral surgeon and a former Laurel assistant golf pro, facing federal drug charges for possessing and distributing cocaine, were released from custody today after agreeing to a number of court ordered conditions.

Dr. Jerry Mancuso, 42, and 37-year old Darin Marker were released under their own recognizance by federal magistrate Carolyn Ostby.

As part of their release, both defendants are subject to random drug testing, cannot possess drugs, alcohol, or firearms, and are prevented from associating with known felons or any witnesses in the case.

Dr. Mancuso's attorney, Pamela Mackey of Denver, told the court that Mancuso has surrendered his license to practice dentistry in Montana. He also surrendered his passport and his DEA registration, which relinquishes his authority to prescribe any controlled substances.

One exception agreed to by the court, was to allow Mancuso to have contact with his former business manager as he proceeds to shut down his Oral Surgery practice in Billings.

Mancuso and Marker, along with 39-year old Billings real estate agent Paula Huebner, were charged this week in federal court as part of a growing investigation into a Magic City cocaine ring.

So far, 14 people have been charged in the investigation and 10 have pleaded guilty.

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