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Federal, state officials announce collaboration after Bakken drug bust

By Will Wadley, KECI Weekend Anchor, wwadley@keci.com
Published On: Oct 11 2013 09:07:46 PM MDT
MISSOULA, Mont. -

At a press conference Friday, state and federal officials released new details about a massive Bakken-related drug bust and announced new plans to fight a growing crime problem in the Bakken oil fields.

The bust landed six Montanans behind bars. They’re accused of dealing methamphetamine in numerous Montana towns, including Billings, Bozeman, and Missoula.

Federal court documents shows that the case centers around a man from Spokane named Robert Armstrong, also known as “Doctor Bob.”

The indictment says he obtained wholesale amounts of meth in Washington and brought it to Montana, where he used a criminal network to distribute the drugs.

The indictment names Montana residents Robert Ferrell, Kara Evans, Lloyd Westervelt, Jennie Britt, Keith Lester and his son Kyle Lester as distributers who allegedly dealt the drugs across the state

In addition to the drug crimes, Ferrell, Evans, Westervelt, and Britt face felony gun charges.

Yellowstone County Sheriff’s officials say the six are being held at the Yellowstone County Jail.

The arrests are the result of a collaborated effort involving several state and federal agencies called Project Safe Bakken.

At the press conference, U.S. District Attorney Michael Cotter said these indictments are the first of many to come for the initiative.