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Billings woman found asleep outside casino arrested on drug charges

405 fentanyl pills among illegal drugs found
Posted at 12:39 PM, Mar 13, 2023

BOZEMAN - A Billings woman was arrested in Belgrade on March 10 for criminal distribution of dangerous drugs.

Shelby Tripp was found asleep in a car outside of the Magic Diamond Casino in Belgrade. An employee called the police and an officer with the Belgrade Police Department arrived and verified Tripp’s identity.

Tripp told the officer that she was on probation out of Billings. The Bozeman probation and parole office authorized a search of Tripp’s person and vehicle. She told the officer that she had fentanyl in aluminum foil inside the vehicle.

The officer searched her vehicle and allegedly found aluminum foil with suspected fentanyl residue and tubes containing drug residue. In Tripp’s purse, the officer allegedly found a large quantity of empty plastic jeweler bags indicating she was selling drugs.

Officers reportedly found 405 round, blue pills consistent with fentanyl, 9.5 grams of methamphetamine which was confirmed by a presumptive test, and $1,586 in cash.

Due to the large amount of fentanyl taken from Tripp, the plastic jeweler bags, and the amount of cash she allegedly had on her, officers believed her to be selling fentanyl.