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District of Montana

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Meth dealer in Billings sentenced to three years in prison

BILLINGS—Gregory Paul Green, a Billings resident who admitted to meth trafficking crimes after law enforcement found meth in his home along with drug manufacturing materials and $10,000 in silver coins, was sentenced to three years in prison and three years of supervised release, U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme said.

Green, 64, pleaded guilty in April to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute meth and possession with intent to distribute.

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

Prosecutors said in court records that law enforcement became aware of Green in December 2018 after a package that was addressed to Green was intercepted in Port Huron, MI. The package was labeled “Organic Fitness Vitamin” and opened by law enforcement. The package contained 1,471 Xanax pills. Investigators determined that 112 packages from various locations, including Canada, had been shipped to Green’s residence since December 2017.

Law enforcement executed a search warrant on Green’s house after the package was accepted by a person at the residence. Officers found meth, drugs and drug paraphernalia. In Green’s room was a computer displaying the “dark web” and a screen where Green was selling Xanax across the country. Agents also found packages, extensive packaging material, and drug manufacturing material, including hundreds of feet of glass tubing, glass beakers, a 100 pound butane tank and recipes for combining drugs. In addition, agents seized about $10,000 in silver coins.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Colin Rubich and Bryan Dake prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the Eastern Montana High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force, the FBI and the Billings Police Department.

The case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), which is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

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Updated August 28, 2019