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BOZEMAN - Officials with the Drug Enforcement Agency in Billings say seven people have been arrested so far in connection with a Bozeman methamphetamine ring, and law enforcement agencies are continuing their investigation.

James Baker is the resident agent in charge of the DEA in Billings. He says the drug ring has brought multiple pounds of meth into the region since at least 2007. The drug typically sells for $3,000 to $4,000 per ounce.

Court documents show investigators used confidential informants and undercover agents to learn the organization was bringing meth from Mexico into Gallatin County.

The most recent person indicted in the case, 36-year-old Belgrade resident Judd James Schwartz, pleaded not guilty in federal court earlier this month to charges of conspiring to sell and distributing methamphetamine.

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