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Published October 22, 2013, 04:08 PM

New drug charges for man linked to Bakken ring

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Mexican man arrested last month on an immigration violation faces new drug charges as part of what authorities say was a wide-ranging conspiracy to sell methamphetamine in the Bakken oil patch.

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Mexican man arrested last month on an immigration violation faces new drug charges as part of what authorities say was a wide-ranging conspiracy to sell methamphetamine in the Bakken oil patch.

Marco Antonio Morales-Roa pleaded not guilty Tuesday during an arraignment before a federal judge in Billings. He faces decades in prison if convicted on charges he distributed 50 grams of more of methamphetamine in Richland County and elsewhere in Montana.

The U.S. Attorney's Office linked the case to grand jury indictments handed down this month against members of a trafficking ring that brought in large quantities of meth from Washington state.

Separately, two California men were sentenced to lengthy prison terms Monday after authorities say they distributed heroin, cocaine and 92 pounds of meth in areas including the Bakken.

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