Billings Police Arrest And Charge James Newton Eddleman For Drug Distribution, Possession And Drug Paraphernalia

February 21, 2018




Montana News Disclaimer:  One of the most sacred principles in the American criminal justice system, holding that a defendant is innocent until proven guilty. In other words, the prosecution must prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, each essential element of the crime charged.  Until then the defendant is considered innocent of the charges.


by: Donald Cyphers investigative reporter

Syndicated by: Montana News

Billings,  Montana --//MNA Press//-- Billings Man James Newton Eddleman was arrested and charged with intent to distribute drugs.


(4) Counts of distribution and one count of Drug paraphernalia.


Officer Beck,  Officer Foster and Detective Hallam of the Billings Police Department, were conducting a surveillance on  what police claim is a known Billings drug house on the 1000 block of 24th street West

A white GMC Sierra pickup was parked in the driveway of the house with its engine idling. The vehicle was parked, at the house that was under surveillance.


The vehicle left the driveway and then proceeded down the alleyway the driver stopped and talked to several unknown persons in the alley way.   The vehicle then pulled out of the alley way and turned down Wyoming Ave.

Officer Foster conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle. on Wyoming Ave.  Officer Beck and Officer Foster made contact with several occupants that were in the vehicle.


The driver was i.d. as James Newton Eddleman.


The passenger in the front seat was Jessie Ellison and Ellison’s minor children K.G. and P.E. were in the vehicle .


Beck noticed the plate had an expired date of Augustf 2017.


Foster issued a citation then checked for warrants.


A warrant had been  issued by the Billings Municipal Court.


Beck spoke with the driver and told him why a traffic stop was conducted.

Eddelman denied knowing anything about drugs or that the house he was at was a known drug house.   Officer Beck wanted to search the vehicle, but Eddelman refused to allow them to search his vehicle.


Once he refused to let them search the car, Officer Beck then advised him that he had a warrant for his arrest and that he was under arrest.


Ellison was released and allowed to go take her kids home so she left the area in the vehicle. 


Officer Foster and Officer Beck took Eddelman to the jail.


Anja Sivesan a Duty Booking Clerk located a plastic baggy with marijuana in it. $758.00 dollars in cash a small flashlight with a clear glass vial that had a white powder substance in it which later tested positive for Cocaine.


A digital scale, a used syringe 5 tablets a candy like brown in color  substance,  which later was tested to be THC among other pills and drug  paraphernalia.

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