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.