Billings Man Nets 15 Years in Prison on Meth Charges
BILLINGS—Rocky Rollin Bettin, a 39-year old resident of Billings, Montana, was sentenced today to 180 months in prison and 5 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute and to distribute methamphetamine. United States District Judge Susan P. Watters presided over the sentencing.
Beginning in December 2016, drug task force agents were investigating a group of individuals responsible for the distribution of methamphetamine in the Billings area, including Bettin. Over the next several months, they received information from multiple individuals who identified Bettin as their source of supply. On June 2, 2017, a Missoula County Sheriff’s deputy patrolling near Frenchtown performed a traffic stop on a vehicle that Bettin was driving. Eventually, law enforcement officers searched the vehicle. Inside of a backpack found in the vehicle, officers discovered approximately 1.5 kilograms, or 3.3 pounds, of pure methamphetamine.
The case was investigated by the FBI Transnational Organized Crime Western Task Force and the Eastern Montana High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force.
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 sentencing is part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods program.