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Miguel Santos-mijangos Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour

Friday, June 19, 2009

Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Missoula on June 18, 2009, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah C. Lynch, MIGUEL SANTOS-MIJANGOS, a 32-year-old resident of Bozeman, pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine and possession with the intent to distribute cocaine. Sentencing is set for October 16, 2009. He is currently detained.

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

In 2007, the Missouri River Drug Task Force, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement began investigating a cocaine-trafficking organization in Gallatin County. The investigation included surveillance of individuals and addresses, and multiple controlled purchases of cocaine by confidential informants. SANTOS-MIJANGOS is a member of the drug trafficking organization.

On the following dates, law enforcement officers monitored controlled purchases of cocaine in the following amounts:

March 12, 2008 - one ounce

March 24, 2008 - five ounces

April 15, 2008 - one ounce

April 25, 2008 - one ounce

April 30, 2008 - four ounces

July 2, 2008 - one ounce

August 6, 2008 - three ounces

August 26, 2008 - two ounces

September 22, 2008 - two ounces

October 22, 2008 - one-half ounce

October 28, 2008 - two ounces

November 12, 2008 - three ounces

November 25, 2008 - three ounces

January 16, 2009 - two and one-half ounces

March 31, 2009 - one and one-half ounce

SANTOS-MIJANGOS provided the cocaine on 8 of the 15 drug deals listed above. All together, law enforcement officers either purchased or seized over 845 grams of cocaine.

On April 20, 2009, SANTOS-MIJANGOS and another conspirator were arrested at their residence in Gallatin County. A package containing cocaine was located near SANTOS-MIJANGOS' wallet and he told a DEA agent that the package belonged to him. SANTOS-MIJANGOS told law enforcement that he had been selling cocaine in the Bozeman area for approximately one year. He described his source of supply in Denver, Colorado, the price per gram for which he sold cocaine in Bozeman, and said that he usually traveled to Denver twice per month, with co-conspirators, to buy five or six ounces of cocaine.

SANTOS-MIJANGOS 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 at least 4 years supervised release. .

Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Racicot prosecuted the case for the United States.

The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Drug Enforcement Administration, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Missouri River Drug Task Force.

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



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