A federal judge in Billings recently sentenced a man who said he was a mule in a meth trafficking ring to 10 years in prison and ordered his deportation when the term is completed.
U.S. District Judge Susan Watters on Feb. 7 sentenced Kevin Torres-Ochoa, 28, who is from Mexico, for his role in a large conspiracy investigation that involved at least nine people. Watters also ordered Torres-Ochoa to be referred to immigration officials for deportation when his sentence is served.
Torres-Ochoa said earlier he picked up four to five one-pound quantities of meth that had been mailed to Billings and would deliver the meth to others for redistribution. He also said he sent the money he was paid to his family in Mexico where is son is ill and needed expensive medication.
Investigators ultimately tracked Torres-Ochoa through phone records and found him living with co-defendant Mary Rock Big Man at her residence at Crow Agency.
Big Man, who admitted helping to store five pounds of meth for the organization, was sentenced to five years in prison for her role in the conspiracy.
Prosecutors said Torres-Ochoa was part of a large, San Jose, California, drug organization that sent multi-pound quantities of meth to Montana in 2015.