Billings man gets 4 years prison in meth trafficking case

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge has sentenced a Montana man to four years in prison after the man admitted selling methamphetamine as part of a large drug trafficking ring.

Steven Amundson, of Billings, was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Judge Susan Watters after pleading guilty to possession with intent to distribute meth. A drug conspiracy charge was dropped as part of a plea deal.

Authorities alleged Amundson sold ounce (28-gram) quantities of meth to an informant on multiple occasions. They say he was supplied by a co-defendant, Wilfrido Varelas-Rubio.

Varelas-Rubio was previously sentenced to nine years in federal prison, after law enforcement officers found nearly 4.5 pounds (2 kilograms) of meth in his Billings hotel room and a vehicle.

Co-defendant Gary Ainsworth faces sentencing Aug. 22 on drug and firearms charges.