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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Montana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 17, 2014

Tye Albright Sentenced To Prison For Drug Charges

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings on March 27, 2014 before U.S. District Judge Susan Watters, TYE DUSTIN ALBRIGHT was sentenced to 180 months imprisonment and 5 years supervised release.

The sentence is in connection with Albright's November 2013 guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lori Suek, the government stated that on November 4, 2011, the drug task force in Billings conducted a controlled buy of methamphetamine with a confidential informant. That buy led to the identification of the source of the methamphetamine.

On November 8, 2011 and December 30, 2011, the task force in Billings bought 2 ounces of meth from the identified source. On January 2, 2012, the source was interviewed and his house was searched. He admitted selling meth for the last year. He admitted that his source is in Denver and he obtained 20-30 pounds of methamphetamine that he sold in Billings. Law enforcement seized over 5 pounds of methamphetamine from the source's house. The source's girlfriend and confidential information corroborate the source's statements.

On October 2, 2012, a controlled purchase of methamphetamine was made from an individual that drove to the defendant's home during the deal to obtain the methamphetamine purchased. Drug task force officers surveilled the transaction.

On October 9, 2012, a search warrant was executed at the defendant's house. Task force officers seized seven grams of pure methamphetamine as well as cash and drug paraphernalia.

After the source was charged with federal drug crimes and pleaded guilty, the source was interviewed and identified one of his main Billings customers as the defendant, Tye Albright. The source estimated that he supplied Albright with 30 pounds of methamphetamine up to the time of the source's arrest, in January 2012.

The term pure methamphetamine refers to the purity contained in the transacted amount which is usually "cut" with inert ingredients that make the actual product less pure but more profitable as drugs are generally sold based on quantity not quality.

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Updated January 14, 2015