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Billings woman sentenced to federal prison on meth conviction

Posted at 7:39 PM, Nov 29, 2018
and last updated 2019-07-17 14:50:55-04

BILLINGS- A Billings woman, who was arrested for distributing meth in the Billings area, will spend the next five years behind bars.  Nichole Renee Waldham will also have to serve five years supervised release.

Waldhalm, 40, pleaded guilty on July 19 to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

According to a news release from the U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme, drug task force officers received information in October 2017 that Waldhalm was distributing meth.

Investigators say they worked with a confidential informant, who made a series of meth buys ranging from a quarter ounce to a half ounce of meth from Waldhalm. In December, Waldhalm was arrested by the Montana Highway Patrol and was found to be in possession of an ounce of meth, an ounce of cocaine and a stolen firearm.

Waldhalm admitted to law enforcement she had been selling meth since October 2016 and that in September 2017, she and a co-defendant brought between two to four ounces of meth from California to Montana.

The conspiracy involved more than 50 grams of actual meth. The amount is the equivalent of about 400 doses.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make neighborhoods safer.