Billings woman admits meth trafficking

Posted: 24th March 2011 by Doc in Uncategorized
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Billings resident Joy Crabtree Pigman admitted Wednesday that she conspired to distribute methamphetamine in the community for about two years.

Pigman, 58, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Billings to conspiracy to distribute meth from December 2007 to November 2009. Her son, Michael Dean Swanson, who was indicted separately, admitted to the same charge last week.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Ryan Archer said Crabtree conspired with other separately charged co-conspirators to distribute a large amount of meth. An unnamed co-conspirator would testify to supplying Pigman with 36 ounces of meth, he said.

Law enforcement members of the Big Sky Safe Streets Task Force also would testify that they made four controlled buys of meth from Pigman. In a search of Pigman’s residence and vehicle in November 2009, officers found about a pound of meth.

When questioned, Pigman admitted getting about 7.5 pounds of meth from a particular source and to getting about 18 pounds of meth since 2006 from various sources for personal use and distribution, Archer said.

Pigman faces a minimum mandatory 10 years to life in prison and a maximum $4 million fine.

Senior U.S. District Judge Jack Shanstrom set sentencing for June 22 and continued Pigman’s release.

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