Billings Woman Arrested Alongside her Father Pleads Not Guilty to Dark Web Drug Trafficking
A 29-year-old Billings woman entered a not guilty plea after she was indicted with dark web drug trafficking charges. The woman was arrested alongside her 69-year-old father, whom the authorities believe she ran the dark web drug trafficking operation with from their West End home. The two allegedly accepted payment in bitcoin and delivered the drug packages to their clients through the mail.
The drug trafficking operation of Brittany Nicole Green and her father, Gregory Paul Green, came to the police’s attention on the 18th of December, 2018. On that fateful day, the Michigan Customs and Border Patrol Police intercepted a package from Canada headed to the Greens’ home. The package, labelled as “organic fitness vitamins,” caught the attention of the officers who in turn seized it. The police officers then opened the package where they allegedly found 1,500 Xanax pills. The package immediately resulted in the initiation of an investigation against the Greens.
The police carried out investigations against the Greens during the rest of December. On January 3rd, police raided the Greens’ residence and found a large amount of incriminating evidence. In Gregory’s room, the police found a computer logged onto a dark web site that the pair allegedly used to sell the drugs to users all over the US. The police also found a package awaiting delivery through the mail; on unsealing the package the police allegedly found meth and two Xanax pills inside. Apart from the package and the computer, police also found records of payments that disclosed that the Greens accepted and sent payments in bitcoin.
After searching Gregory’s room, police searched the basement of the house and found a setup of equipment resembling a methamphetamine production lab. The police also found a tank of butane and a set of instructions for Brittany on how to proportionally mix the drugs for resale. The police also found and seized the highly toxic opioid carfentanil that is believed to be more potent than fentanyl and 5,000 times more potent than heroin. The search also led to the discovery of 222 grams of methamphetamine, Xanax pills, and ketamine.
The raid resulted in the arrest of the Greens and their 85-year-old roommate, Jeanine Roberts. The three were placed in custody and held for questioning. When questioned, Roberts informed the police that the Greens and she had neither close family nor friends and as a result rarely went out of the house. She further claimed she was not aware of the drug trafficking operation taking place under her own roof and that she did not know of any incoming and outgoing drug packages. The police seemingly believed Roberts’ testimony since she was not charged; however, she was asked to vacate the house by the end of the month as it is a crime scene.
When questioned, Brittany told the police that she was a meth addict and that she did not use the meth lab for meth production but to purify the meth that she acquired from her supplier. The police did not disclose whether Gregory gave up information on the drug trafficking operation when questioned. The Greens were then charged with possession of methamphetamine with the intention to supply and with conspiracy to supply methamphetamine. The charges resulted in the pair’s detention without bond in the Yellowstone County Detention Facility.
According to Brittany’s attorney, her client was arraigned in court on the 17th of January without prior notice, and she was indicted with a number of charges. Brittany pleaded not guilty to all charges against her, including one of conspiracy to possess methamphetamine with the intent to supply and another for possession of methamphetamine with the plan to redistribute. After entering the not guilty plea, Brittany was taken back to the detention facility.
The Greens’ case is not an isolated one when it comes to families being involved in dark web drug trafficking. In one of the most recent and similar cases, a man and his son were sentenced to five years in prison followed by four years of supervised release. The father-son partnership ran a vendor’s account on the now-defunct Alphabay marketplace and pleaded guilty to possession and distribution of oxycodone and fentanyl and its analogs.