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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Billings man sentenced for distributing meth

BILLINGS—U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme announced today that Billings resident Robert John Bigback was sentenced on Tuesday to five years in prison and five years of supervised release for distributing methamphetamine.

Bigback, 23, pleaded guilty on July 16, 2018 to two counts of distribution of meth.

U.S. District Judge Susan P. Watters presided at sentencing.

After receiving information about meth for sale in April 2017, the FBI drug task force used a confidential informant to buy meth from a co-defendant at a hardware store in the Billings Heights. After the co-defendant counted the money, Bigback gave the informant the meth. Another meth sale was arranged a few days later and occurred at Rimrock Mall, where Bigback conducted the sale in the bathroom of a department store. The two sales involved about 20 grams of pure meth, which is the equivalent of about 160 individual doses and has a street value of about $2,000.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Lori Suek prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the FBI Task Force.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make neighborhoods safer for everyone.  The Department of Justice reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of its renewed focus on targeting violent criminals.

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Clair Johnson Howard Public Information Officer (406) 247-4623
Updated November 21, 2018