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Raymond Thomas Tetzlaff & Crystal Busby-Tetzlaff

Billings couple found with 2 pounds of meth accused of distribution

A Billings couple admitted Thursday that they had several pounds of meth in their home and a storage unit for distribution.

During hearings in U.S. District Court in Billings, Raymond Thomas Tetzlaff, 35, and his wife, Crystal Busby-Tetzlaff, 36, each pleaded guilty to charges of possession with intent to distribute as part of plea deals to dismiss other counts.

A grand jury indicted the couple on trafficking charges after an investigation led law enforcement agents to serve a search warrant on their home at 1226 Yale Ave. in February.

A third co-defendant, Sean Patrick Gilmore, 46, of Billings, also was indicted. He has pleaded not guilty and is awaiting trial.

Prosecutor Thomas Godfrey said agents found 1.5 pounds of meth in the home along with $10,000 cash.

Also, a bag Raymond Tetzlaff was carrying when he walked outside the residence contained about a quarter-pound of the drug, Godfrey said.

During the search, agents found receipts for a storage unit in the Billings Heights and one of the receipts was in Crystal Busby-Tetzlaff’s name, he said.

Agents searched the storage unit and found an additional five pounds of meth, Godfrey said.

The Tetzlaffs are suspected of supplying meth at least to Gilmore, prosecutors have said. All of the defendants have prior federal felony drug convictions.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Timothy Cavan said he will recommended the Tetzlaffs’ guilty pleas be accepted by U.S. District Judge Susan Watters, who will sentence them.

The couple face a minimum mandatory 10 years to life in prison and a $10 million fine.



Federal Court, Yellowtone County Reporter

Federal court and county reporter for The Billings Gazette.