More than 20 criminals are off Billings streets thanks to Operation BAC or "Billings Area Criminals". Multiple police agencies, led by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, announced at a press conference yesterday that they have been participating over the last year in an undercover operation "to document  the criminal activity of a small group of violent criminals" according to U.S. Attorney Michael Cotter. "Undercover personnel were able to infiltrate criminal  organizations in the Billings community, stop planned criminal  activity from occurring, and stop the distribution of narcotics,"  said Cotter.

The police action was precipitated by a series of violent shootings in Billings between 2009 and 2010. "The United States Attorney's Office for the District of Montana  was able to prosecute and convict 22 hardened and dangerous  thugs," said Cotter. Many of those arrested had multiple priors including one suspect, Anthony Roll, who had 20 priors. Hopefully he has had his last breath of fresh air.