Billings methamphetamine trafficker sentenced to 12 years in prison
Eight pounds of meth, three loaded handguns seized in traffic stop
BILLINGS — A Billings man who admitted to trafficking methamphetamine after law enforcement officers seized about eight pounds of the drug and three loaded handguns from his vehicle during a stop near Miles City was sentenced today to 12 years in prison to be followed by five years of supervised release, Acting U.S. Attorney Leif M. Johnson said.
Tyler James Fleming, 39, pleaded guilty on Oct. 8, 2020 to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute meth and to possession with intent to distribute meth.
U.S. District Judge Susan P. Watters presided.
The government alleged in court documents that in 2019, drug task force officers received information that Fleming was trafficking drugs in the Billings area and also possessed firearms for protection. In December 2019, investigators learned Fleming had traveled to Arizona and returned two days later. Officers conducted a traffic stop of Fleming's vehicle outside of Miles City. Officers located approximately eight pounds of meth and three loaded handguns in the cab of his truck. Eight pounds of meth is the equivalent of about 28,992 doses.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Julie R. Patten prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the Eastern Montana High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force and the FBI’s Western Transnational Organized Crime 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.