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A Washington man who delivered methamphetamine to Billings for distribution in the community and on the Crow and Northern Cheyenne reservations will spend 6-1/2 years in federal prison.

U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull on Thursday sentenced Arthur Frankie Gomez, 35, of Mabton, Wash., at the middle of the guideline range of 70 to 87 months.

Cebull held Gomez responsible for between 11 pounds and 33 pounds of meth. Gomez pleaded guilty to a conspiracy count.

Cebull said Gomez and co-defendant Connie Ann Solis made at least six drug runs from Washington to deliver meth to convicted trafficker George Victor Morris.

Morris, 60, of Billings, was sentenced last month to almost 16 years in federal prison for distributing about 32 pounds of meth in the area for four years.

While conducting surveillance in 2009, law enforcement officers saw Gomez and Solis deliver meth to Morris four times. All three were arrested in December 2009.

The prosecution said Gomez and Solis were paid $2,000 per trip. Solis was sentenced to almost four years in prison.

Contact Clair Johnson at cjohnson@billingsgazette.com or 657-1282.

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