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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Montana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, February 23, 2018

Billings Couple Sentenced to Federal Prison for Methamphetamine Offenses

BILLINGS – Raymond Thomas Tetzlaff, a 35-year-old resident of Billings, and Crystal Busby-Tetzlaff, a 36-year-old resident of Billings, were sentenced to prison today after pleading guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine in November.  Raymond Tetzlaff received 216 months in prison and 5 years of supervised released.  Crystal Busby-Tetzlaff received 120 months in prison and 5 years of supervised release.  U.S. District Judge Susan Watters handed down the sentences. 

The Tetzlaffs and their associates possessed and sold methamphetamine in 2016 and early 2017.  Specifically, the Tetzlaffs were bringing pounds of methamphetamine into Billings for distribution. During the investigation, law enforcement executed search warrants at their residence and a storage unit.  Over six pounds of pure methamphetamine and drug distribution supplies were seized.  That converts to 21,744 individual dosage units of the drug which was seized before reaching drug users in Montana.  Additionally, Raymond Tetzlaff was found in possession of two loaded firearms during his arrest at the residence.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Godfrey and investigated by the Eastern Montana Drug Task Force, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office is partnering with federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement to identify those responsible for significant violent crime in Montana.  A centerpiece of this effort is Project Safe Neighborhoods, a recently reinvigorated Department of Justice program that has proven to be successful in reducing violent crime.  Today’s sentencings are a part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods program.

Topic(s): 
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Contact: 
KERI LEGGETT Acting Public Information Officer (406) 761-7715
Updated February 23, 2018