Billings man denies meth conspiracy charges

2010-04-27T13:37:00Z Billings man denies meth conspiracy chargesGazette Staff The Billings Gazette
April 27, 2010 1:37 pm  • 

A Billings man accused of trafficking methamphetamine on the Crow and Northern Cheyenne reservations, Billings and elsewhere denied federal charges Tuesday.

George Victor Morris, 59, pleaded not guilty to an indictment charging him with one conspiracy count and four distribution counts.  The indictment alleges Morris conspired with others to distribute more than 500 grams of meth, or a little more than a pound, from 2005 through December.

If convicted, Morris faces a minimum mandatory 10 years to life in prison and a maximum $4 million fine on the conspiracy charge. He also faces a forfeiture count in which he could lose more than $27,000 in currency and a 2005 Ford F-350 pickup truck.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Carolyn Ostby continued Morris’ custody pending a request for a detention hearing. The case will be heard by Senior U.S. District Judge Jack Shanstrom.

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