BILLINGS — A Billings man who admitted to distributing kilos of methamphetamine, fentanyl drugs and heroin over three months whereas residing at a Billings pre-release middle and to illegally possessing firearms was sentenced immediately to 18 years in jail, to be adopted by 5 years of supervised launch, U.S. Legal professional Jesse Laslovich mentioned.
Rodney Trimble, 48, pleaded responsible in September 2022 to possession with intent to distribute managed substances and to prohibited individual in possession of a firearm.
U.S. District Choose Dana L. Christensen presided.
The federal government alleged in courtroom paperwork that in June 2022, Billings Cops realized that Trimble was in possession of a considerable amount of meth, fentanyl and heroin and was on state probation. Montana Probation and Parole approved a search of Trimble following a site visitors cease. Trimble advised officers that he was lately launched from a pre-release middle the place he was serving time for distributing illicit medicine inside a corrections facility. Trimble admitted to lately shopping for a pound of meth, roughly 100 fentanyl drugs and a few heroin and had the medicine in his automobile. He additional admitted that he had firearms at his residence that he obtained from “a few tweakers on the road” as a result of somebody had lately damaged into his residence. Officers positioned roughly 1.4 kilos of meth, 49 grams of heroin and 24 fentanyl drugs in Trimble’s automobile, and a semi-automatic rifle and .357-caliber revolver in his residence. Trimble additional admitted to distributing roughly 12 kilos of meth, 600 fentanyl drugs and three ounces of heroin over three months, all whereas he was residing on the pre-release middle. Twelve kilos of meth is the equal of roughly 43,488 doses.
Assistant U.S. Legal professional Julie R. Patten prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the FBI, Japanese Montana Excessive Depth Drug Trafficking Space Job Drive and Billings Police Division.
This case is a part of Undertaking Secure Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing collectively all ranges of regulation enforcement and the communities they serve to cut back violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everybody. On Could 26, 2021, the Division launched a violent crime discount technique strengthening PSN based mostly on these core ideas: fostering belief and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that assist forestall violence from occurring within the first place, setting centered and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the outcomes.