Moses Lake man awaits sentence for drug ring tied to N. Dakota

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on January 25, 2014 at 1:40 PM

BILLINGS, Montana— A man from Moses Lake recently pleaded guilty in Montana to running an interstate drug ring and his crimes may have a connection to the North Dakota oil fields.

Robert Ferrell Armstrong, 49, pleaded guilty for intending to distribute meth Wednesday in a Montana courtroom. Court records described the case as an interstate drug ring and it allegedly has ties to the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota.

Investigators said they caught Armstrong with 50 grams of pure meth.

The news comes as the Baken oil fields have made headlines recently in Spokane County,

Business man Doug Carlile was allegedly murdered in a paid-hit funded by James Henrikson according to court records. Carlile’s family said the two men were business partners in the oil boom.

WATCH: Carlile widow speaks out, confident James Henrikson contracted hit


Sources said the Carlile case has nothing to do with the Baken oil boom drug bust by federal agents in 2012.  However, it does show how dangerous the oil fields can be in North Dakota.

Court records showed that Armstrong, who also goes by Dr. Bob, and three others were accused of operating what appeared to be a drug ring in Montana. Other reports indicated their pure meth operation spread to the Bakken oil fields. Federal records also alleged various firearms were a part of the ring. 

Armstrong is in federal prison. He will be sentenced in May.

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