The investigation of a drug trafficking ring out of Nevada led to the conviction of a Billings woman on Wednesday.
Kerry Lynn VanHaele, 30, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to a conspiracy count.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Victoria Francis said agents in January 2010 began investigating trafficking of high-quality meth in Billings by a Las Vegas drug ring. As investigators interviewed people involved in the ring, they learned that VanHaele was among those getting meth from Francisco Flores-Jorge and his organization and redistributing it.
VanHaele admitted to getting one to two pounds of meth from Flores-Jorge from about May to September in 2010, Francis said.
VanHaele disputed the quantity on Wednesday. She faces minimum mandatory five years to 40 years in prison and a possible $5 million fine.
Senior U.S. District Judge Jack Shanstrom set sentencing for June 19. VanHaele remains in custody.