A hotel noise complaint led to the arrest of three men on suspicion that they had enough marijuana in their possession to sell.
Louis Charles Schmitt, 46, Shaun Kaileb McColley, 21, and Mark Eugene Johnson, 59, each face a felony count of criminal possession with intent to distribute. They appeared separately in Yellowstone County Justice Court on Thursday.
Justice of the Peace David A. Carter set bond at $50,000 for both Schmitt and McColley and $25,000 for Johnson.
Billings police were called to the Best Western Kelly Inn, 4915 Southgate Drive, on Wednesday after receiving a noise complaint. The person who alerted police said that "two vacuum sealers were being used in room 139, and he did not believe meat was being packaged," according to charging documents.
The room was registered to Schmitt. As officers approached the room, they smelled marijuana, charges state.
After hearing a door opening, an officer spotted Schmitt running out of the building with what officers described as a bucket containing sealed bags of marijuana.
More marijuana was found inside the hotel room, and officers arrested Schmitt. Charging documents did not specify the arrest of McColley, who was seen by officers at the hotel.
At the Yellowstone County Detention Facility, Schmitt gave a statement to police and led them to Johnson's home. Police obtained a warrant and searched the house, where they found cash and about 20 pounds of marijuana, charges state.
All three men would be required to wear GPS monitoring devices if released. They are due to appear in Yellowstone County District Court on Dec. 21.