Juan Carlos Ramos-alvarez Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula on May 7, 2010, before U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy, JUAN CARLOS RAMOS-ALVAREZ, a 25-year-old resident of Butte, pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Sentencing has been set for September 17, 2010. He is currently detained.
In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Tara J. Elliott, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
From approximately December of 2009 through February 17, 2010, RAMOS-ALVAREZ, along with another individual, were responsible for conspiring to distribute more than 500 grams of methamphetamine in and around the Butte area.
On February 18, 2010, RAMOS-ALVAREZ was questioned and stated that he and another individual were partners in the distribution of methamphetamine in Montana. RAMOS-ALVAREZ also stated that around December of 2009, he and the other individual transported 5 pounds of methamphetamine, obtained by the other individual, from Hermiston, Oregon to Butte for distribution. Once in Butte, RAMOS-ALVAREZ stayed in a hotel where he distributed methamphetamine to three individuals from Butte, Missoula, and Billings over the course of several weeks.
During approximately the first week of February of 2010, the other individual transported an additional eight pounds of methamphetamine to RAMOS-ALVAREZ for distribution in Montana. RAMOS-ALVAREZ stated that approximately eight pounds out of the 13 total pounds of methamphetamine brought to Montana had been distributed and that law enforcement had seized approximately five pounds of methamphetamine from the hotel room.
RAMOS-ALVAREZ 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 Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
A copy of the Offer of Proof can be obtained by contacting Sally Frank at (406) 247-4638.