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Merle Anthony Trombley Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Great Falls on April 16, 2009, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, MERLE ANTHONY TROMBLEY, a 36-year-old resident of Browning, pled guilty to possession with the intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine and methamphetamine in a public housing facility. Sentencing is set for July 23, 2009.

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

On November 19th, 20th, and 29th of 2007, a confidential informant of the Blackfeet Safe Trails Task Force (BSTTF) purchased cocaine from TROMBLEY within 1,000 feet of a Housing and Urban Development community in Browning. The substances were analyzed and confirmed to be cocaine.

TROMBLEY faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of 1 year in prison and could be sentenced to 40 years, a $1,000,000 fine and at least 6 years supervised release.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Vince Carroll prosecuted the case for the United States.

The investigation was conducted by the Blackfeet Safe Trails Task Force.

A copy of the Offer of Proof can be obtained by contacting Sally Frank at (406) 247-4638.



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