Butte man denies meth trafficking charges

2014-01-14T16:31:00Z 2014-04-15T15:29:05Z Butte man denies meth trafficking chargesGazette Staff The Billings Gazette

A Butte man accused of trafficking methamphetamine in the Billings area denied federal charges on Tuesday.

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Carolyn Ostby, Earl Bryant LaCombe, 37, pleaded not guilty to a three-count indictment charging him with conspiracy, possession with intent to distribute and possessing a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking.

The indictment alleges that in March 2012, LaCombe conspired with others to distribute meth and possessed a 9mm pistol.

If convicted, LaCombe faces a minimum mandatory 10 years to life in prison on the drug charges and a consecutive mandatory minimum five years to life on the firearms count.

The case will be heard by U.S. District Judge Susan Watters. Ostby ordered LaCombe to remain in custody.

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