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Sidney woman pleads guilty to Bakken drug charges

By Associated Press
Published On: Jan 17 2014 07:18:37 AM MST
BILLINGS, Mont. -

A Montana woman has pleaded guilty to a drug charge in a case that resulted from a law enforcement crackdown on trafficking in the Bakken oil patch.
    
Thirty-three-year-old Jennie Lynn Britt of Sidney pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamines during a Thursday appearance before U.S. District Judge Susan Watters.
    
Britt faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison at her May 14 sentencing.
    
Authorities linked Britt to a trafficking ring that distributed drugs in Sidney, Fairview, Billings, Big Timber, Columbus, Livingston and Bozeman.
    
Under the terms of a plea deal, government attorneys would drop additional charges of possession of meth with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime.
    
Prosecutors also will recommend sentencing reductions because Britt accepted responsibility in the case.