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543efe943db86_preview-620A 33-year-old Phoenix woman is facing allegations of dealing meth out of a Billings hotel room and exposing her 14-year-old son to the dangerous drug after police investigated an overheard conversation about a bogus murder cover up, according to prosecutors.

Karina Daniela Valle-Eceberry was arrested Monday at the Residence Inn, 956 S. 25th St., and she made an initial appearance Wednesday on felony charges of drug possession with intent to distribute and endangering the welfare of children.

Valle-Eceberry’s arrest came after someone overheard a loud conversation at the hotel about murder and contacted police, according to charging documents.

The caller had overheard people in one of the hotel’s rooms talking “about a murder, who committed the murder and who covered up the murder,” charging documents say.

However, Chief Deputy Yellowstone County Attorney Juli M. Pierce said Wednesday that no bodies were found at the hotel and that there is no information to indicate Valle-Eceberry, who checked into the hotel on Friday, is connected to any homicides.

“There wasn’t a dead body or anything found, just a lot of drugs and paraphernalia,” Pierce said, adding that the conversation was probably just “meth talk.”

A hotel worker told police that Valle-Eceberry had been registered in another hotel room but had trashed that room — leaving behind items that included a butane lighter and bloody towels stained with blue dye — and then moved across the hall to another room, charging documents say.

Officers approached the room but heard a man and woman “talking about their enemies and needing cover to enter a residence,” the documents say.

The officers stopped and called for back-up.

As the officers waited for additional support, one of them saw a teen walking down the hotel hallway. The teen was identified as Valle-Eceberry’s 14-year-old son, and he said that he was staying at the hotel with his mother and two other people, charging documents say.

Inside the hotel room, police found Valle-Eceberry and two others identified in charging documents as Tara Bradford and Chet Miller.

After getting a search warrant, police found multiple containers and baggies containing meth, records say, as well as syringes, a scale and other drug paraphernalia.

“We recognize that the defendant doesn’t have any criminal history, but the intent to distribute methamphetamine and the endangering the welfare of her child by exposing the child to meth we believe are serious offenses,” Deputy Yellowstone County Paul W. Adam said at Valle-Eceberry’s initial court appearance on Wednesday.

Justice of the Peace Pedro R. Hernandez followed Adam’s bond recommendation and set bail at $10,000.

Valle-Eceberry told the judge she understood the charges, “but I’m not guilty.”

She is scheduled to enter pleas to the charges in district court on Oct. 21.

Police recently arrested two other suspected meth dealers at a Billings motel. About three weeks ago, drug task force officers raided a room at Western Inn Motel, 3311 Second Ave. N., where they seized six pounds of methamphetamine and $1,700 in cash.

The seizure led to federal distribution charges against two California men, Paul Theodore Alarcon and George Garcia Villa, both 47.

In an August interview with the Gazette, Yellowstone County Attorney Scott Twito said that methamphetamine is the No. 1 threat to public safety in Billings.




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