Billings man pleads guilty to role in meth ring

2013-10-07T18:30:00Z 2013-12-17T07:44:04Z Billings man pleads guilty to role in meth ringGazette Staff The Billings Gazette

A Billings man who prosecutors say was a low-level dealer in a larger drug ring admitted to federal charges of possessing methamphetamine for distribution.

Kurt Lee Whitling, 50, pleaded guilty to the possession count during a hearing in Helena on Monday before Senior U.S. District Judge Sam Haddon.

Prosecutors said Whitling, along with Lockwood resident, Walter White — who authorities said was shot and wounded by his son over a disputed drug debt — were low-level dealers of wholesale suppliers. White also told authorities he provided more than 50 grams of meth to Whitling for distribution.

White pleaded guilty to charges in July and is to be sentenced on Oct. 23.

Haddon set Whitling’s sentencing for Jan. 16. Whitling faces a minimum mandatory five to 40 years in prison and a possible $5 million fine.

 

 

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