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Park Rapids woman sentenced for involvement in 2 pounds of meth sent through the mail

Alexis D. Billing, 23, was sentenced in Becker County District Court.

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Alexis Danielle Billing, 23, of Park Rapids, has been sentenced in Becker County District Court on a felony charge of third-degree controlled substance crime.

The original first-degree charge was reduced in a plea agreement.

According to court records, on Jan. 18, 2019, an inspector with the U.S. Postal Service notified the Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force about a package that had been delivered to a Ponsford residence from a suspected meth source in San Bernardino, Calif.

Two other packages from the same California address had been delivered to Mahnomen in November and December of 2018.

The investigator was focused on accused meth distributor Steven Greenfeather and his connection to Ponsford, according to court records.

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On Feb. 13, 2019, a task force agent was notified by the postal inspector about a package shipped from the suspect address in San Bernardino to Ponsford.

After a drug dog “hit” on the package, it was opened at the Fargo Post Office, and was found to contain 992 grams -- or more than 2 pounds -- of vacuum-packed meth.

The package was resealed and sent on to the Ponsford Post Office without the meth.

Surveillance was set up there and, on Feb. 15, 2019, a vehicle driven by Bruguier, with Billing as a passenger, arrived at the post office, according to court records. Billing went inside and picked up the package. Both were arrested and questioned.

While Bruguier was talking to agents, his phone rang with a call from Greenfeather, asking if he got the package. Bruguier replied that he did, and Greenfeather instructed him on weighing and distributing the contents of the package.

Billing eventually admitted knowing there would be meth inside the package. Greenfeather was indicted in federal court “for his role in this conspiracy,” according to court records.

On Jan. 29, Becker County District Judge Jay Carlson sentenced Billing to 39 months in prison at Shakopee, stayed 10 years. He was ordered to serve 60 days in jail, with credit for two days served. She can serve her time on electronic home monitoring at her own expense.

She was fined $1,000 plus $1,075 in court fees, and ordered to get a chemical dependency evaluation and follow the recommendations, including aftercare. She must get a complete diagnostic assessment and follow the conditions of her mental health provider. Billing was placed on supervised probation for 10 years.

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