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Avery Scott Klemp Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour

Monday, September 21, 2009

Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Missoula on September 21, 2009, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah C. Lynch, AVERY SCOTT KLEMP, a 30-year-old resident of Missoula, pled guilty to distribution of Lysergic Acid Diethylamide ("LSD"). Sentencing is set for December 17, 2009. He is currently detained.

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

On February 12, 2009 a Controlled Source ("CS"), acting in cooperation with the Drug Enforcement Administration ("DEA"), purchased five (5) pounds of marijuana and a vial containing more than one (1) gram of LSD from KLEMP. A search warrant was then executed and the DEA recovered multiple pounds of marijuana, two additional vials of LSD, and approximately $35,000 from KLEMP'S residence.

KLEMP was interviewed by law enforcement and admitted the above activity and admitted to selling between 570 and 1,100 pounds of marijuana from October 2007 through the date of his arrest.

KLEMP 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.

The investigation was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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



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