A Billings man was sentenced to federal prison for trafficking large amounts of meth and possessing firearms, according to the Montana Department of Justice.
Joshua Jock Clause, 36, was sentenced to 15 years Friday in Billings U.S. District Court.
In June 2018 a meth investigation led authorities to Clause for importing large amounts of meth from a Californian source to the Billings area. An arrest warrant was issued and Billings Police arrested Clause.
During a search of Clause's house, police found $17,000 in cash, a SKS rifle and a handgun. Officers also found evidence that meth had been disposed down the toilet, the Justice's news release states.
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A few days later a confidential informant told law enforcement that they had found 12 pounds of meth, or about 43,488 doses, in a cooler outside the house that officers missed during their search. That meth was taken to another person. It's unclear whether authorities reclaimed the meth.
Another person admitted to getting 20 pounds, or 72,488 doses, of meth directly from Clause. They also said Clause had multiple people selling drugs for him.
In November Clause pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute meth and to possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime. U.S. District Judge Susan P. Watters presided. Assistant U.S. Attorney Colin Rubich prosecuted the case.
The case was investigated by the Eastern Montana High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the FBI and the Billings Police Department.