Michael Schleining Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour
Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Billings on May 27, 2009, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Carolyn S. Ostby, MICHAEL SCHLEINING, a 26-year-old resident of Billings, pled guilty to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute and distribution of marijuana. Sentencing is set for August 24, 2009. He is currently released on special conditions.
In an Offer of Proof filed by the United States, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
SCHLEINING was involved with other individuals in a conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute and distribution of between 60 and 80 kilograms of marijuana, a Schedule I controlled substance, in the Billings area.
SCHLEINING faces possible penalties of 20 years in prison, a $1,000,000 fine and at least 3 years supervised release.
Assistant U.S. Attorney James E. Seykora prosecuted the case for the United States.
The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Drug Enforcement Administration and the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force.