Billings meth trafficker sentenced to five years in prison
BILLINGS —A Billings woman who admitted to receiving packages of methamphetamine in the mail for distribution was sentenced today to five years in prison to be followed by five years of supervised release, U.S. Attorney Leif M. Johnson said.
Holly Michele Hedberg, 38, pleaded guilty in August 2021 to possession with intent to distribute meth.
U.S District Judge Susan P. Watters presided.
In court documents filed in the case, the government alleged that in July 2020, an investigation of Hedberg began after the U.S. Postal Service located a suspicious package that was destined for Hedberg’s address. Law enforcement also had learned that Hedberg was receiving packages of meth from Washington through the mail. Agents served a search warrant on the suspicious package and determined it contained meth. Agents made a controlled delivery of the package and Hedberg accepted it. In a search of Hedberg’s residence, law enforcement found drug paraphernalia, a drug ledger and packaging from previous packages from the Washington address. Hedberg admitted to receiving about 10 packages of meth from Washington, with each package containing from two to four ounces of meth.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Julie R. Patten prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the FBI’s Western Transnational Organized Crime Task Force and the Eastern Montana High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a U.S. Department of Justice initiative to reduce violent crime. Through PSN, federal, tribal, state and local law enforcement partners in Montana focus on violent crime driven by methamphetamine trafficking, armed robbers, firearms offenses and violent offenders with outstanding warrants.