BILLINGS- A 50-year-old Billings man was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in federal prison after a March incident where agent found four pounds of methamphetamine in his apartment he said he intended to distribute.
Gregory Adam Kilwein pleaded guilty in July to possession with intent to distribute meth. He was also sentenced by U.S. District Judge Susan P. Watters to five years supervised release and must forfeit $30,350 seized in the case, according to U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme.
In March, a Billings police officer saw Kilwein riding a bike on a downtown sidewalk, which violates city ordinance. He was also acting suspiciously, and an officer pulled him over in an alley, which prompted Kilwein to drop his bike, run and throw a bag over a fence, according to Alme.
After a brief chase, Kilwein was caught and the bag recovered. The bag contained $12,450 and two taped packages, which each contained 500 grams of meth, according to Alme.
Kilwein was arrested and booked, and officers found another four ounces of meth in his underwear.
In monitored calls from jail, officers learned Kilwein might have more drugs in his apartment. During a search, officers seized four more pounds of meth (the equivalent of 14,496 doses) and $3,900 doses.
A search of his phone turned up messages to a phone number of another person under investigation in Mexico, according to Alme.
The case was part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a U.S. Department of Justice program aimed at reducing violent crime.