Strider Lee Moore Sentenced in U.S. District Cour
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on January 15, 2010, before U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy, STRIDER LEE MOORE, a 20-year-old resident of Bozeman, appeared for sentencing. MOORE was sentenced to a term of:
- Prison: 36 months
- Special Assessment: $100
- Supervised Release: 3 years
MOORE was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to distribution of cocaine.
In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Racicot, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
In August 2006, the Missouri River Drug Task Force and the FBI began investigating two cocaine-trafficking organizations in the Bozeman area. Several individuals were investigated, charged, and convicted of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and distribution of cocaine. Some of those individuals cooperated with the ongoing investigation. One such individual was R.G. R.G. admitted to distributing a substantial quantity of cocaine in Bozeman from the summer of 2005 until the spring of 2007. He told law enforcement during interviews on May 11 and 29, 2007, that he personally supplied MOORE with 8-balls and ounces of cocaine. The most he gave MOORE at one time was two ounces.
In an attempt to corroborate the information received from R.G. and others, law enforcement officers interviewed several low-level cocaine users and dealers in and around Bozeman. During one interview, D.J. told law enforcement that in approximately January 2004, he began buying 8-balls of cocaine from MOORE on a daily basis. D.J. bought the cocaine for both personal use and to distribute to others. He sometimes purchased up to three 8-balls per day from MOORE, and sometimes went a few days without buying any, depending on the demands of his customers. D.J. stopped getting cocaine from MOORE in April 2004, but started buying from him again in approximately July of 2005, again buying one to three 8-balls per day. D.J. continued to get cocaine from MOORE until the summer of 2006.
R.L. and Z.H. also bought cocaine from MOORE, beginning in approximately March 2004. R.L. bought between one and three 8-balls from MOORE per week until December 2004. Z.H. told law enforcement that he got grams or 8-balls from MOORE three or four times per week for 18 months. He bought from MOORE at MOORE'S residence in Bozeman. Z.H. described a coffee table with a removable panel, which MOORE used to store the cocaine he sold to Z.H. During a probation search of MOORE'S residence in February 2009, officers found one 8-ball of cocaine, a small amount of marijuana, and a pill bottle with MOORE'S name on it, all in a compartment in a coffee table.
Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that MOORE will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, MOORE 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 Missouri River Drug Task Force and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.