Two Lame Deer residents on Monday denied federal charges of methamphetamine trafficking in a residence here children were present.

Leslie Bear Comes Out, 32, and Delphine Medicine Horse, 40, pleaded not guilty to charges in an eight-count indictment during an arraignment before U.S. Magistrate Judge Carolyn Ostby in Billings.

Bear Comes Out and Medicine Horse are charged with conspiracy, distribution of meth, possession with intent to distribute, possession of meth for distribution where children are on the premises and three counts of felony child endangerment.

The indictment alleges the pair conspired to distribute meth for about six years, beginning in about 2008 on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation. And from  about September 2013 until May, the pair possessed meth at a Lame Deer premises where children under the age of 18 were present, the indictment said. Three of the counts accuse the pair of exposing three children to meth.

If convicted, the pair faces a minimum mandatory 10 years to life in prison and a possible $4 million fine on the conspiracy count and a maximum 20 years and $250,000 fine consecutive to any other sentence on the premises count.

Ostby ordered Bear Comes Out and Medicine Horse to remain in custody pending further court orders. The case will be heard by U.S. District Judge Susan Watters.

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Federal court and county reporter for The Billings Gazette.

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