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Heidi Aragon Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour

Friday, May 15, 2009

Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Billings on May 14, 2009, before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, HEIDI ARAGON, a 21-year-old resident of New Mexico, pled guilty to distribution of methamphetamine. Sentencing is set for May 14, 2009. She is currently detained.

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

On November 20, 2008, a search warrant was executed at ARAGON'S motel room in Billings. Methamphetamine and approximately $25,000 in U.S. currency, as well as documents with ARAGON'S name on them were seized. Approximately $700 of the $25,000 was pre-recorded money from a controlled buy.

When arrested on March 2, 2009, ARAGON admitted distributing approximately one ounce of methamphetamine to an individual in Billings in November of 2008.

ARAGON faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of 5 years in prison and could be sentenced to 40 years, a $2,000,000 fine and 4 years supervised release.

Assistant U.S. Attorney James E. Seykora prosecuted the case for the United States.

The investigation was conducted by the Billings Big Sky Safe Streets Task Force.

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



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