- Associated Press - Friday, April 7, 2017

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - An Arizona man has pleaded guilty to supplying methamphetamine to a southern Montana man who admitted his role in a large drug conspiracy, which brought 178 pounds of meth to Montana for distribution.

The Billings Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/2oPhrVA) 41-year-old Juan Carlos Dorado of Tucson, Arizona, pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiracy to possess meth for distribution and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

Prosecutors say Dorado supplied drugs to Merrill Clark Gardner of Fishtail, who used couriers to transport meth and send an estimated $1.4 million in proceeds back to his supplier.

The conspiracy went on from 2012 to 2015.

Gardner is serving a 15-year prison term.

Dorado disputed the quantity of meth he was accused of supplying but admitted it was more than 500 grams, or a little more than a pound.


Information from: The Billings Gazette, https://www.billingsgazette.com

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