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Jim Stone Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Billings on December 16, 2009, before Senior U.S. District Judge Jack D. Shanstrom, JIM STONE, a 55-year-old resident of St. Xavier, pled guilty to distribution of methamphetamine. Sentencing is set for March 17, 2010. He 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:

The United States would have introduced physical evidence, including methamphetamine wrapped in bindles found on STONE on October 30, 2007, and digital scales with methamphetamine residue, packaging materials, baggies, drug ledgers and other paraphernalia found in the search of STONE'S home on October 31, 2007, and again on February 3, 2008.

Also recovered was methamphetamine that STONE threw out of his car on February 3, 2008, while being pursued by law enforcement officers and methamphetamine distributed by STONE to an undercover informant on January 21, 2008, in Big Horn County.

Several witnesses, who were customers of STONE, would have testified that they purchased methamphetamine from STONE for redistribution. One witness, S.R., would have testified that she received methamphetamine in 1/4 gram, 1/2 gram and eight-ball quantities on almost a daily basis for a two year period, which totalled over several pounds. Another witness, P.S., received free methamphetamine and purchased methamphetamine from STONE at his home in St. Xavier. STONE would provide syringes to inject the methamphetamine. This witness observed STONE in possession of a container similar to a 39-ounce coffee can full of methamphetamine for redistribution.

Yet another witness, L.Y., would detail STONE'S direct and continuous sale of methamphetamine on the Crow Indian Reservation. G.S., B.S. and others observed STONE with multiple ounces of methamphetamine or were involved when STONE'S source of supply caused methamphetamine to be delivered to him for redistribution in Big Horn County. A.S. would have detailed the methamphetamine delivered by STONE to her, which was in excess of two pounds.

STONE distributed in excess of 2 kilos of methamphetamine.

STONE faces possible penalties of 20 years in prison, a $8,000,000 fine and 10 years supervised release.

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



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