Billings woman admits meth conspiracy

Complaints about drug activity at a Billings South Side house last year ultimately led to a woman admitting federal methamphetamine trafficking charges on Wednesday.

Carol Lynette Pearson, 43, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess meth for distribution in U.S. District Court. A plea deal calls for three other counts to be dismissed at sentencing.

Prosecutors said in court records that in response to complaints in July 2014 about drug activity at 509 South 34th St., law enforcement made a series of controlled meth buys in which informants obtained the drug from Pearson.

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Investigators served search warrants on Pearson’s residence, her vehicle and a storage locker registered in her name, and recovered cocaine, meth, plastic baggies and a total of $5,650 in cash. Some of the cash matched the money used in the controlled buys, prosecutors said.

Pearson faces minimum mandatory five years to 40 years in prison and a $5 million fine.

U.S. District Judge Susan Watters set sentencing for Feb. 3. Pearson remains in custody.