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Alfonzo Hector Pena Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Friday, October 02, 2009

Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Missoula, on October 2, 2009, before U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy, ALFONZO HECTOR PENA, a 33-year-old resident of Kalispell, appeared for sentencing. PENA was sentenced to a term of:

  • Prison: 188 months
  • Special Assessment: $100
  • Supervised Release: 5 years

PENA was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

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

During 2007, several individuals moved numerous pounds of methamphetamine from Spokane, Washington to Montana, primarily in Flathead and Lincoln Counties. Jamie Lake, from the Spokane area, was the primary source of supply. Lake then distributed methamphetamine to most of the other individuals, either directly or through cooperating witnesses.

This group initially moved ounce quantities and graduated to pound quantities before dismantling. The group used rental cars to transport the methamphetamine, motel rooms as meeting places, and runners at times to transport the methamphetamine. A trailer in Kalispell became a central meeting place for drug transactions.

PENA'S primary connection to this methamphetamine trafficking conspiracy was through the other individuals. PENA and an associate went to two of the individuals to receive methamphetamine to sell in the Libby area. These individuals confirmed that PENA went to the Kalispell trailer for drug transactions. A cooperating witness also confirmed PENA'S presence at the Kalispell trailer for at least one of these drug transactions.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that PENA will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, PENA does have the opportunity to earn a sentence reduction for "good behavior." However, this reduction will not exceed 15% of the overall sentence.

The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Northwest Montana Drug Task Force.



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