Aug 30, 2010 7:40 PM by Jay Kohn (KTVQ)
A Billings oral surgeon was arraigned on Monday on federal charges of possessing cocaine with the intent to distibute the drug.
Jerry Mancuso, 42, is named in a grand jury indictment that alleges he distributed over 500 grams of cocaine in Billings from January of 2002 until July of this year.
At his initial appearance today before federal magistrate Carolyn Ostby, Mancuso entered a plea of not guilty to the five-count indictment.
If convicted, Mancuso faces a sentence of between five to forty years in prison, and up a $2-million dollar fine. The indictment alleges Mancuso distributed the illegal drug from both his professional office on Central Avenue and from his home.
500 grams of cocaine has a street value estimated at up to $100,000, depending on its purity and time of year.
Mancuso is also a retired military officer, and is the sole provider and owner of the Rocky Mountain Center for Oral and Facial surgery in Billings.
Two other Billings residents were also named in drug conspiracy cases today. Paula Huebner, 39, is charged with two counts of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, and Darin Marker, 37, also faces a charge of possession with the intent to distribute cocaine.
All three defendants pled not guilty to the charges.