An alleged methamphetamine dealer is behind bars facing a felony drug distribution charge after Missoula police found nearly 30 grams of the stimulant in glass containers and altered light bulbs.
Scott Billedeaux, 28, appeared in Missoula County Justice Court on Thursday afternoon. Prosecutors alleged he was selling the drugs while he was living in his mother's home on North Surrey Street.
His mother called police Wednesday to report her son was trespassing on her property.
"Rogers explained to police that Billedeaux had been staying at her house, but she told him multiple times to leave, and he refused," the affidavit stated.
The 28-year-old man was taken into custody at 8:43 a.m. after allegedly again refusing to leave the property.
When officers returned to the home, Billedeaux's mother said she had gone through her son's property and retrieved various containers with meth.
She handed over two light bulbs, two plastic bags marked with a blue "7" and two small glass jars with a "crystal-like residue" inside. She also provided the officers with nine bags marked with weights.
Additionally, officers retrieved five unmarked bags with an unknown residue inside and another 26 unused bags.
During his initial appearance in Justice Court, prosecutors asked for $50,000 bail, noting Billedeaux's criminal behavior progressed from misdemeanors like child endangerment and contempt of court to the most recent felony charge, criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute.
He also faces a misdemeanor charge of criminal possession of drug paraphernalia related to Wednesday's incident.
His public defender, Reed Mandelko, said the defendant would seek employment as a carpenter if he was released on his own recognizance.
Justice of the Peace Karen Orzech set bail at $50,000 and remanded him to the Missoula County jail.