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Janene Michelle Foran Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on January 12, 2009, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, JANENE MICHELLE FORAN, a 28-year-old resident of Great Falls, appeared for sentencing. FORAN was sentenced to a term of:

  • Prison: 23 months
  • Special Assessment: $100
  • Supervised Release: 4 years

FORAN was sentenced in connection with her guilty plea to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine.

In an Offer of Proof filed by the United States, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:

In 2006, the Great Falls Police Department, in conjunction with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, began to investigate an organization which had distributed methamphetamine in Great Falls in 2005 and 2006. As part of the investigation, the officers learned that Tiffany Bass, aka Tiffany King, had distributed methamphetamine on behalf of the organization and that FORAN had worked as a courier for Bass.

Officers interviewed FORAN. FORAN admitted that in a period between the end of 2005 and the early part of 2006, she assisted Bass in delivering methamphetamine to customers in Great Falls. FORAN admitted that more than 50 grams of methamphetamine was distributed as part of the conspiracy.

FORAN'S confession was corroborated by the events of January 17, 2006. On that date, Great Falls Police officers searched a hotel room in Great Falls at which time Bass, FORAN, and others were present. Approximately one ounce of a substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine was recovered by the authorities. A confidential informant who purchased methamphetamine from Bass at the hotel shortly before the search confirmed that FORAN was present during that transaction and was acting in conjunction with Bass.

Bass pled guilty to federal charges and has been sentenced.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that FORAN will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, FORAN does have the opportunity to earn a sentence reduction for "good behavior." However, this reduction will not exceed 15% of the overall sentence.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph E. Thaggard prosecuted the case for the United States.

The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Great Falls Police Department and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.



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