Former House Republican leader Michael David Lange is looking to sever up to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to running a meth ring for over seven months back in 2016, according to the Billings Gazette.
Lange is looking to serve 28 years for acting as “the central player” in a meth ring that distributed up to 50 pounds of meth into the Billings area, according to the report. Lange pled guilty to the charges back in September of 2017.
“Lange was responsible for polluting the Billings community and surrounding areas with a significant quantity of highly pure methamphetamine,” Assistant U.S. Attorney John Sullivan detailed in the government’s sentencing recommendation, adding, “The negative impact associated with at least 20 pounds of methamphetamine is difficult to overstate.”
This isn’t the first time the former lawmaker gets into trouble. Following his political career, Lange got in trouble with the law on multiple occasions. He was charged with driving under the influence in 2014, then picking up another DUI months later, and getting caught with possession of over an ounce of meth in California which led to a 16-month sentence in prison.
Following his release, Lange started dealing large quantities of drugs. This led to a raid on his house in October of 2016 that discovered more than 2.5 pounds of meth, 13 ounces of cocaine and $27,400.
Lange is scheduled for sentencing on Jan. 18 before U.S. District Judge Susan Watters, where he faces the mandatory minimum of 10 years to life in prison and a $10 million fine.