Oct 11, 2013 4:18 PM by Simone DeAlba - MTN News
BILLINGS - A drug ring operating right in the midst of seven Montana cities has come crashing down.
A federal indictment details the operation of what Montana U.S. Attorney Michael Cotter alleges is a major drug ring that used a network of couriers across Montana.
Pure methamphetamine was distributed in the Bakken oil fields in eastern Montana and North Dakota.
Montana Attorney General Tim Fox commends law enforcement and says their job isn't over yet.
"Drugs come into Montana from many different sources. Methamphetamine, while it was more of a local Montana issue a number of years ago before the Montana Meth project, a lot of that production has moved out of state, and some of it is in fact, we know international...and likely Mexico," said Fox.
Federal prosecutors allege in court documents that the drug ring operated out of a group of Treasure state cities; Sidney, Fairview, Billings, Big Timber, Columbus, Livingston and Bozeman beginning in April of last year.
A dozen people were indicted. Washington State resident Robert Ferrell Armstrong - also known as Dr. Bob, is believed to be the ring leader.
The Associated Press reports the defendants pleaded not guilty to the drug and weapons charges in federal court on Tuesday.
Fox says it's possible more arrests will be made associated with this specific drug ring.