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Meth trafficking sends Billings woman to prison for six years

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Montana


BILLINGS  — A Billings woman who admitted to bringing large quantities of methamphetamine from Las Vegas, Nevada, to the Miles City area for distribution was sentenced today to six years in prison, to be followed by five years of supervised release, U.S. Attorney Jesse Laslovich said.

Denise Danielle Piccione, 38, pleaded guilty in October 2022 to possession with intent to distribute meth.

U.S. District Judge Dana L. Christensen presided.

In court documents, the government alleged that in June 2020, agents with the Montana Division of Criminal Investigation received information that Piccione was selling large amounts of meth in the Miles City area. An investigation led to a Montana Highway Patrol traffic stop of a vehicle driven by Piccione as she returned to Montana from Las Vegas. A search warrant was obtained for the vehicle, and officers seized 1,526 grams, or approximately 3.3 pounds, of meth. That quantity of meth is the equivalent of 11,959 doses. Piccione communicated with other co-conspirators about drug transactions and delivered meth to various locations and customers in Montana and North Dakota.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Julie R. Patten prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the Eastern Montana High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.



Clair Johnson Howard

Public Affairs Officer


Updated February 16, 2023

Project Safe Neighborhoods
Press Release Number: 23-60