A California man who stored a pound and a half of pure meth under the bed of a Billings woman will spend more than 12 years in federal prison.
U.S. District Judge Susan Watters on Friday sentenced Harry Edward Allen Jr., 36, of Tulare, to 12 years and seven months for his guilty plea to conspiracy to possess meth with intent to distribute. Watters dismissed other counts as part of a plea deal.
Allen apologized to his family and the community and said he wanted substance abuse treatment.
Watters followed a prosecution recommendation and imposed the low end of the guideline range for Allen.
Noting Allen’s prior record of drug convictions in California and continued drug dealing while on release pending the federal case, Watters said he needed significant punishment and hoped he would develop “respect for the law.”
Allen’s attorney, Daniel Ball of Billings, recommended a five-year term, calling that a significant sentence. Allen already had been in custody for about two years, he said.
Allen was charged after state probation and parole officers in 2013 contacted drug task force agents in Billings after finding 24 individually wrapped bags of meth under the bed of Kimberly Ann Dahl, a co-defendant who was arrested on a probation violation.
Prosecutor Lori Suek said the meth under the bed totaled almost one and half pounds of pure meth.
Dahl told agents that she met Allen a year or two earlier and learned that Allen had meth driven to Billings. He would then fly to Billings and stay until the meth got sold.
Allen had come to Billings in August 2013 and asked Dahl to store it while he sold it, prosecutors said. The meth under Dahl’s bed belonged to Allen.
Dahl was sentenced to 66 months in federal prison for conviction on aiding and abetting charges.