Gregory Adam Kilwein

A Billings man has pleaded guilty to a meth distribution charge after he was caught with more than six pounds of meth in March.

Gregory Adam Kilwein, 50, pleaded guilty to one charge of possession with intent to distribute more than 500 grams of meth on Friday in U.S. District Court before Judge Susan Watters. There is no plea deal in the case.

On March 1, a Billings police officer saw Kilwein riding his bicycle on a downtown sidewalk and "acting suspiciously" by watching the officer and attempting to avoid him, court documents state.

After the officer pulled into an alley behind him, Kilwein dropped his bike and took off running, court documents state.

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As he fled, Kilwein threw away a bag he was carrying, which contained two packages with more than a pound of meth in each, according to court documents. Also in the bag was a white envelope containing $12,450 in cash.

After his arrest, jail staff monitoring Kilwein's calls allegedly heard him telling his parents and brother to clean out his apartment, detailing locations in which a subsequent search turned up four more pounds of meth and $3,900 in cash. His parents voluntarily turned over a further $14,000 after they were contacted by a drug task force, court documents state.

Kilwein has previously served prison time in the Montana Department of Corrections for possession of dangerous drugs, burglary and felony driving under the influence, according to DOC records.

He faces 10 years to life in prison and up to $10 million in fines.

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