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Geoffrey H. Dodd Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Missoula on July 15, 2009, before U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy, GEOFFREY H. DODD, a 28-year-old resident of Seattle, Washington, pled guilty to distribution of cocaine. Sentencing is set for November 6, 2009. He is currently released on special conditions.

In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Racicot, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:

On October 10, 2006, law enforcement in Billings intercepted a package at the Greyhound bus depot containing 246 grams of marijuana. A Bozeman police detective, then assigned to the Missouri River Drug Task Force, was contacted. The detective seized the marijuana and made a controlled delivery of the package to its intended recipient, A.G., in Bozeman. A.G. was the arrested and stated that he regularly distributed marijuana for DODD of Seattle, Washington. Using A.G. as a confidential informant, the detective initiated a series of controlled communications with DODD. Over the course of these communications, DODD agreed to provide A.G. with cocaine to distribute in Bozeman.

On November 29, 2006, DODD personally delivered 28.5 grams of cocaine to A.G. at a gas station in Bozeman after A.G. wired him $700.

On January 12, 2007, DODD sent A.G. 113.9 grams of cocaine at a Bozeman post office box after receiving $3,800 dollars from A.G. The detective maintained many of the communications with DODD surrounding the two drug deals, including several text messages discussing the transactions. The drugs were sent to the DEA lab and the subsequent analysis confirmed the presence of cocaine.

DODD faces possible penalties of 20 years in prison, a $1,000,000 fine and 3 years supervised release.

The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Drug Enforcement Administration 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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