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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Sentencing in Bakken drug case Friday

  • A Washington state man faces sentencing Friday in federal court on charges he led an interstate meth-trafficking ring that exploited workers in eastern Montana's oil patch.
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  • A Washington state man faces sentencing Friday in federal court on charges he led an interstate meth-trafficking ring that exploited workers in eastern Montana's oil patch.
    Robert Farrell Armstrong of Moses Lake, Washington, will appear before U.S. District Judge Susan Watters in Billings.
    Under a deal with prosecutors, he pleaded guilty in January to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.
    Prosecutors want Armstrong sent to prison for roughly two decades.
    They say the 50-year-old defendant ran a network of dealers and enforcers selling large quantities of almost-pure meth in eastern Montana.
    Armstrong's public defender, Anthony Gallagher, is seeking a 10-year sentence. Gallagher says prosecutors overstated Armstrong's leadership role in the trafficking ring.
    Eleven others arrested with Armstrong last year were previously sentenced.

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