A Billings man was arrested early Monday morning outside West High School after he was caught with two BB guns, drugs and a stolen cellphone, charging documents say.

Mason Ray Loughnane, 18, was scheduled to appear in Yellowstone County Justice Court Monday on a felony drug possession charge. Loughnane also faces misdemeanor counts of drug possession, theft and possession of a BB gun in city limits.

Around 4:15 a.m. Monday, Billings police got a call for a weapons complaint at the high school, saying a man had BB guns behind the school.

Loughnane was talking with another man when police arrived. The second man, who works at West High, said he was inside getting paperwork when he came out and saw Loughnane. He thought it “odd” and got in his car to call 911, when he realized his cellphone was missing.

BPD officers searched Loughnane for weapons and found the school employee’s phone in Loughnane’s backpack.

Loughnane was having difficulty standing and appeared to be under the influence of drugs, officers thought. He told officers he had thrown two BB guns in the trash, which officers then found.

Upon booking into the Yellowstone County Detention Facility, officers found marijuana and three baggies of meth on Loughnane.


Public safety reporter for the Billings Gazette.