Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012 | 9:40 a.m.
A 26-year-old man who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in Las Vegas and Montana will spend two decades in federal prison, officials said.
Howard Jay Bonifant, who lived in Las Vegas, was also sentenced to five years of supervised release, a $50,000 fine and a $100 special assessment fee.
Federal authorities in Billings, Mont., said they had evidence Bonifant had conspired to distribute more than 500 grams of methamphetamine from October 2008 until November 2010 in Billings and Las Vegas.
Two co-conspirators would have testified that they traveled from Las Vegas to Billings distributing methamphetamine obtained from Bonifant, officials said. When authorities interviewed Bonifant, he told them about his drug trafficking in Billings, who bought methamphetamine from him and where he obtained his drug supply, officials said.
The investigation involved U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, the FBI and the Billings Big Sky Safe Streets Task Force.