A drug runner who brought meth and marijuana into Miles City from Billings and supplied them to area residents was sentenced in Federal Court on Wednesday. The United States Attorney’s Office that Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull sentenced KEITH ARNOLD, a 39-year-old resident of Miles City, to 42 months prison, a $100 assessment, and possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine.
Assistant U.S. Attorney James E. Seykora said that over a several year period, the Eastern Montana Drug Task Force (EMDTF) received numerous complaints from concerned citizens that drug activity was taking place at a residence in Miles City. Complaints detailed short term traffic and hand-to-hand exchanges of drugs in the alley next to the property.
Multiple citizen complaints to law enforcement in Billings and Miles city in 2009 gave police the the information needed to establish a pattern of behavior and locate potential stashes of drugs and paraphernalia placed by Arnold in both Billings and Miles City.
In August of 2009 the drug task force excecuted a search warrant on Arnold’s home where evidence of a meth lab in the basement existed confirming additional community tips.
Agents seized 95 grams of methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance, and testing at the DEA lab found it to be 24.7% pure or 23.4 grams of actual meth. Additional drug exhibits and paraphernalia were seized that contained methamphetamine, as well as approximately $2,450 in cash and a scale.
After the search Arnold confessed and told how the drugs and supplies arrived in Miles city.
The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Montana Division of Criminal Investigation.