BILLINGS — Two people are facing over a dozen felony charges each for allegedly possessing and trafficking drugs through a Billings home.
Joshua Allen Kroll, 37, and Tabitha Lydia Marie Delao, 34, made their initial appearances Friday in Yellowstone County Justice Court on a series of drug charges.
Kroll is charged with 11 felony counts of criminal possession with intent to distribute, one felony count of endangering the welfare of children and one misdemeanor charge of criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.
Delao is charged with three counts of felony criminal distribution of dangerous drugs, 11 felony counts of criminal possession with intent to distribute, one felony count of endangering the welfare of children and one misdemeanor count of criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.
Authorities began investigating in July of 2016 after receiving information from confidential informants that Kroll and Delao were selling drugs.
A special undercover agent conducted a controlled purchase of 10 oxycodone pulls from Delao for $400 from a home on North 17th Street in September.
During a second controlled buy, authorities instructed a confidential source to purchase 30 oxycodone pills from Delao for $1,200.
The third controlled buy took place about two weeks ago when authorities instructed a confidential source to purchase four oxycodone pills, which were actually fentanyl.
A Billings police officer received a search warrant for the apartment and found inside cocaine, hashish, methamphetamine, mushrooms, marijuana and at least six different kinds of prescription drugs.
According to court documents, the search also yielded 15 firearms, including one stolen gun, a Park County Deputy Sheriff’s badge and multiple drug paraphernalia.
The Park County Sheriff’s Office said Friday that Kroll and Delao are not employed with the office and it’s unclear how they obtained a deputy’s badge.
Delao and Kroll are both being held at the Yellowstone County jail.