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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Billings man sentenced to two years in prison for cocaine trafficking, promoting prostitution

BILLINGS — A Billings man who admitted to trafficking cocaine and promoting prostitution in the community by setting up a commercial sex date for an individual was sentenced today to two years in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release, U.S. Attorney Leif M. Johnson said.

Anthony Marcos Chadwell, 28, pleaded guilty in August 2021 to a superseding information charging him with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and with use of a facility in interstate commerce in aid of racketeering.

Chadwell also was sentenced today to one year in prison for multiple violations of federal supervised release imposed in a prior conviction on a firearms offense. The one-year term is to be served consecutively to the sentence imposed for the cocaine trafficking and promoting prostitution offenses, bringing Chadwell’s total amount of imprisonment to three years.

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

The government alleged in court documents that in 2019, Chadwell became involved in a cocaine trafficking conspiracy and in commercial sex in Billings. Chadwell distributed cocaine to individuals, including to his co-defendant, William Newkirk. In early 2019, Chadwell was introduced to an individual, identified as Jane Doe 11. At some point, Doe 11 began engaging in commercial sex with Chadwell’s assistance. Chadwell used his cellular phone to set up a commercial sex date for Doe 11 at a Billings motel in which Doe 11 engaged in a sex act in exchange for money.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
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Contact: 
Clair J. Howard Public Affairs Officer 406-247-4623
Press Release Number: 
22-042
Updated February 16, 2022