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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Montana

Friday, May 17, 2019

Meth possession for distribution sends Billings man to prison for 10 years

BILLINGS—Billings resident Keith Alan Rose, who admitted to methamphetamine trafficking crimes, was sentenced to 10 years in prison on May 16, U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme said.

Rose, 48, pleaded guilty earlier to conspiracy to possess meth for distribution and to possession with intent to distribute meth.

U.S. District Judge Susan Watters presided.

The prosecution said in court documents that an investigation of Rose began in November 2016 when the Billings Police Department received an anonymous email reporting that Rose, also known as “Rabbit,” had been trafficking meth in Billings. Law enforcement officers developed probable cause to search Rose’s house, which they did after getting a search warrant. Officers found meth, paraphernalia, concealment cans, ledgers, plastic baggies and a digital scale along with ammunition.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Lori Suek prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the FBI’s Transnational Organized Crime –West Task Force and the Eastern Montana High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force.

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.


Project Safe Neighborhoods
Clair Johnson Howard Public Information Officer 406-247-4623
Updated May 17, 2019