Butte man pleads guilty to meth conspiracy

2014-04-15T14:31:00Z 2014-04-15T20:53:05Z Butte man pleads guilty to meth conspiracyGazette Staff The Billings Gazette

A Butte man has admitted to trafficking more than 2 ounces of meth.

Earl Bryant LaCombe, 37, pleaded guilty in front of Judge Susan Watters to the federal charge of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

The charges stem from a March 2012 incident in Billings in which LaCombe was assaulted and robbed by two men, David Prien Pinto and Joseph Bernier, after he allowed them into his residence.

The robbery was reported to police and Billings Police Department officers recovered the safe and arrested Bernier.

The safe contained 71.4 grams of meth.

LaCombe also had a 9mm pistol in his possession at the time of his arrest, but as part of the plea agreement, the weapon charge was was dropped.

A sentencing hearing is set for Aug. 7.

A federal conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine conviction has a mandatory minimum sentence of five years to 40 years, a $5 million fine and at least four years in prison. 

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