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Alexander William Fetters Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour

Thursday, March 18, 2010

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula on March 17, 2010, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah C. Lynch, ALEXANDER WILLIAM FETTERS, a 33-year-old resident of Butte, pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute 500 or more grams of methamphetamine. Sentencing has been set for June 24, 2010. He is currently detained.

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:

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Butte-Silver Bow Law Enforcement Agency, and the Southwest Montana Drug Task Force had been investigating a methamphetamine-trafficking organization in the Butte area since 2008. The organization is responsible for distributing pounds of meth in Silver Bow, Jefferson, Lewis and Clark, and Gallatin Counties.

FETTERS' was the point of contact for the source of supply of methamphetamine in Arizona. According to the statements of several co-conspirators, and FETTERS' own statements, he knew people in Arizona who were willing to sell methamphetamine and he arranged the deals for the Butte participants in the conspiracy. FETTERS would meet the runners, who included Anthony Kerner, Corinna Kerner, and others, and either provided methamphetamine directly to them or arranged a meeting with the source of supply. FETTERS was paid a particular sum of money for every pound that the organization purchased. FETTERS was arrested in Arizona in January 2010 and interviewed about his involvement in the conspiracy. He confirmed his involvement and estimated that he arranged for the purchase of 40 to 50 pounds of methamphetamine during the life of the conspiracy.

FETTERS 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 5 years supervised release.

The investigation was a cooperative effort between the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Butte-Silver Bow Law Enforcement Agency.

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



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