Isaac James Cardona Sentenced in U.S. District Cour
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on March 26, 2010, before U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy, ISAAC JAMES CARDONA, a 30-year-old resident of Bozeman, appeared for sentencing. CARDONA was sentenced to a term of:
- Prison: 96 months
- Special Assessment: $100
- Supervised Release: 4 years
CARDONA was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to distribution of 50 or more grams of a mixture or substance containing a detectible amount of methamphetamine.
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 Missouri River Drug Task Force ("MRDTF") and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) have been investigating a methamphetamine-trafficking organization in the Bozeman area since 2007. That organization is responsible for distributing pounds of meth in Gallatin County and the investigation has resulted in the arrest of prosecution of several individuals.
On May 22, 2008, the MRDTF monitored a controlled purchase of approximately 4.8 grams of methamphetamine from CARDONA and another individual. Before and after that drug deal, law enforcement watched CARDONA and several other Bozeman-area meth users and dealers. CARDONA was consistently seen arriving and leaving the residences of known members of Bozeman's meth community.
Law enforcement officers interviewed approximately 15 people who described either distributing meth to CARDONA, getting meth from CARDONA, or seeing CARDONA give meth to other people.
• One of the people who was interviewed, W.F., said CARDONA sold W.F. one ounce of methamphetamine for between $1200 and $1400 at the Thunderbird Motel in Pocatello, Idaho.
• B.G. said CARDONA "fronted" B.G. one ounce of meth in June 2008 and another ounce in July 2008.
• P.B. told law enforcement that P.B. once saw CARDONA with one-half pound of methamphetamine, which was the largest amount P.B. ever saw in CARDONA's possession.
• P.K. admitted to buying a "teener" (1.7 grams) of meth from CARDONA sometime in early 2009 and saw him sell gram and 8-ball quantities on various other occasions to various people.
• D.M. described traveling to Idaho with CARDONA on three occasions in 2007 so CARDONA could get methamphetamine from his source of supply.
• T.O. said that CARDONA sold T.O. quantities of meth worth $20 to $30 beginning in February or March 2009. T.O. also accompanied CARDONA to Pocatello in February 2009 and saw at least one ounce of meth that CARDONA had purchased.
• S.D. told law enforcement that S.D. traveled with CARDONA to Idaho twice (with T.O.) to get methamphetamine. S.D. bought one ounce during the first trip and 2.5 ounces during the second trip. CARDONA got 1.5 ounces during the second trip.
Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that CARDONA will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, CARDONA 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 Drug Enforcement Administration.