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US attorney: 12 indicted in Bakken oil patch drug ring

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BILLINGS, Mont. — A dozen people have been indicted on federal charges alleging they were involved in a ring that distributed methamphetamine in the Bakken oil patch along the North Dakota border, and in other cities and towns across Montana, authorities said.

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Federal indictments unsealed Wednesday said Washington state resident Robert Ferrell Armstrong, also known as “Dr. Bob,” obtained pure methamphetamine in his home state to distribute through a network of couriers across Montana.

Authorities say the ring began operating in April 2012 and distributed drugs in Sidney, Fairview, Billings, Big Timber, Columbus, Livingston and Bozeman. Several people who were indicted face potential prison terms of 10 years to life if convicted.

During initial appearances in federal court, the defendants pleaded not guilty to drug and weapons charges and were appointed public defenders. They include residents of Montana, Washington and North Dakota, ranging in age from 28 to 49.

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