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Chase Allyn Raynock Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Thursday, February 18, 2010

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on February 17, 2010, before Senior U.S. District Judge Jack D. Shanstrom, CHASE ALLYN RAYNOCK, a 32-year-old resident of Billings, appeared for sentencing. RAYNOCK was sentenced to a term of:

  • Prison: 18 months
  • Special Assessment: $100
  • Supervised Release: 4 years

RAYNOCK was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute and distribute cocaine.

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, federal 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 in Billings and during the period of the conspiracy RAYNOCK assisted Flores in obtaining cocaine, a Schedule II controlled substance, for redistribution in the Billings area.

The investigation revealed that in January 2009, RAYNOCK traveled to Salt Lake City, Utah on behalf of Flores to pickup cocaine for Flores. RAYNOCK paid the source and returned with multiple ounces of cocaine and delivered it to Flores for redistribution.

RAYNOCK allowed Flores to use his vehicle on several occasions so that Flores could travel to Salt Lake City to pickup multiple ounces of cocaine. Flores picked up over half a pound of cocaine on each trip.

RAYNOCK received cash and controlled substances for the use of his vehicle during the period of the conspiracy.

In June 2009, a surveillance team followed Flores in RAYNOCK'S vehicle to Salt Lake City to the cocaine source.

The amount of cocaine that RAYNOCK was responsible for and which was directly and reasonably foreseeable to him in the conspiracy exceeded 500 grams.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that RAYNOCK will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, RAYNOCK 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 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.



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