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Ryan Edward Mccreary Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour

Friday, November 20, 2009

Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Helena on November 20, 2009, before Senior U.S. District Judge Charles C. Lovell, RYAN EDWARD McCREARY, a 29-year-old resident of Tacoma, Washingotn, pled guilty to possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine. Sentencing is set for March 11, 2010. He is currently detained.

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:

On March 27, 2009, Helena area law enforcement stopped and arrested McCREARY on a warrant for Washington State Probation (WSP). WSP also asked Helena area law enforcement to search McCREARY and his vehicle for them. Officers located 64 grams of a mixture containing methamphetamine in McCREARY'S backpack.

When interviewed on March 30, 2009, McCREARY admitted bringing over 72 grams of a mixture containing methamphetamine from Washington to Helena to sell.

McCREARY faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison and could be sentenced to life, a $4,000,000 fine and at least 8 years supervised release.

The investigation was conducted by a cooperative effort between the Missouri River Drug Task Force and the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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



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