Sidney man sentenced to 18 years for role in Bakken meth ring

Posted at 5:06 PM, Aug 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-09 19:06:03-04

BILLINGS- A Sidney man has been sentenced to 18 years in federal prison for his role in a large-scale, meth-trafficking operation through the Bakken oil fields of North Dakota, U.S. Attorney for Montana Kurt Alme announced Thursday.

Martin Anderson had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, Alme said.

In July 2016, Anderson and other conspirators began acquiring large amounts of meth from California to redistribute in the area surrounding Sidney, largely destined for the Bakken, according to Alme. 

Law enforcement conducted multiple controlled purchases of meth from Anderson, and the police found large quantities of meth and other items used in drug distribution during a March 2017 raid of Anderson’s home.

Federal prosecutors noted the "sheer breadth" of Anderson’s operation during sentencing, saying he was reponsible for about half a pound of meth per week moving through the Bakken. 

The sentence by U.S. District Judge Susan Watters included five years of supervised release and a $100 special assessment. He will likely serve the full 18 years but could shave off up to 33 months for good behavior.

Watters had previously sentenced other co-conspirators in Anderson’s operation. Co-defendant Autumn Guerrero received seven years. Co-conspirators Timothy Swope and Tiffany Boland were sentenced to 13 years and five years, respectively.