A Billings man suspected of distributing meth appeared in court on Thursday after law enforcement intercepted a package with the drug inside.
Trevion Maurice Jones, age 44, had an initial criminal complaint charging him with possession with the intent to distribute meth.
If convicted Jones faces a minimum of 10 years to life in prison, a $10 million fine and at least 5 years of supervised release.
At this time the charge is only an accusation, and Jones is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Court documents said drug enforcement officers learned Jones was a meth supplier and had sources in California and Las Vegas.
On April 14, a U.S. Postal inspector located a priority express parcel addressed to Jones’ residence that was sent from California.
A K-9 alerted to the package, which officers opened after getting a search warrant.
Inside the parcel was a safe containing five vacuum sealed packages that weighed about eight pounds and tested positive for meth. Eight pounds of meth is the equivalent of about 28,992 doses.
Officers replaced some of the meth in the safe, got a search warrant for Jones’ residence and made a controlled delivery.
The postal inspector knocked on the door, delivered the package to Jones, who answered, and left. Jones was rested without incident.