Layne Pavey 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 November 13, 2009, before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, LAYNE PAVEY, a 26-year-old resident of Billings, pled guilty to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine. Sentencing is set for February 11, 2010. She is currently detained.
In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney James E. Seykora, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
In the fall of 2008, agents with the F.B.I. and D.E.A. began conducting independent drug trafficking cases targeting several subjects in Billings. They later realized the different cells were connected to the same source of supply and began working the case jointly. The source of supply in Billings was identified as Shon Kalani Flores.
It was determined that Flores was residing with PAVEY in her Billings residence. The investigation further revealed that PAVEY lived with Flores at the address and had been engaged in an intimate relationship with him over several years. However, in January of 2009, PAVEY moved out of the house but allowed Flores to continue residing there. Flores continued to store and distribute cocaine from PAVEY'S residence and conduct other conspiratorial acts during the period of the conspiracy.
PAVEY allowed Flores to use rental cars that had been rented in her name to drive to Salt Lake City, Utah, for the purpose of picking up multiple ounce quantities of cocaine and bringing it back to Billings for redistribution. PAVEY also accompanied Flores on at least two trips to Salt Lake City for the purpose of obtaining and transporting multiple ounce quantities of cocaine back to Billings for redistribution. In addition, PAVEY helped finance trips to Salt Lake City to pick up cocaine with her bank card.
During the period of the conspiracy, PAVEY utilized her cell phone for both voice and text messages to negotiate, arrange, and set up cocaine meetings, buys, and deliveries of cocaine in various quantities in the Billing area.
PAVEY introduced P.H. to Flores. Shortly after meeting Flores, P.H. began obtaining cocaine from Flores and PAVEY for herself, her husband, and another individual. The investigation yielded information that PAVEY delivered cocaine on behalf of Flores or arranged for the delivery of cocaine to P.H. on several occasions.
The amount of cocaine that PAVEY was responsible for and which was directly and reasonably foreseeable to her in the conspiracy exceeded 500 grams.
PAVEY 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 a cooperative effort between the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Eastern Montana High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force, the U.S. Marshals Service and the Billings Big Sky Safe Streets Task Force.
A copy of the Offer of Proof can be obtained by contacting Sally Frank at (406) 247-4638.