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Billings woman admits meth and cocaine charges

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A Billings woman charged in a large firearms and drug investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives admitted Wednesday to trafficking methamphetamine and cocaine.

Tamra Michelle Brister, 32, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Billings to all six counts in an indictment charging her with conspiracy and distribution of meth and cocaine last year.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Marcia Hurd said Brister conspired with two others to sell pure meth to an undercover agent on two occasions. Brister also conspired twice to help distribute cocaine to an undercover agent, Hurd said.

Co-defendant Thaddeus Clinton Jones of Las Vegas, Nev., has pleaded not guilty to charges. Co-defendant Ezekiel Donte Barry, of Houston, Texas, pleaded guilty to distributing cocaine and is awaiting sentencing.

Chief U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull set sentencing for May 31 and continued Brister's release. Brister faces a minimum mandatory 10 years to life in prison on the meth conspiracy count.

Brister was among more than a dozen people charged as part of an ATF investigation into the sales of stolen firearms, drug trafficking and robberies of drug couriers.





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