Antonio Perez Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula on May 13, 2010, before U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy, ANTONIO PEREZ, a 23-year-old resident of Kent, Washington, pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine. Sentencing has been set for September 17, 2010.
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:
On February 5, 2010, law enforcement stopped a silver Audi sedan that was traveling eastbound on I-90 between Huson and Frenchtown. The registered owner and driver was J. R., who gave signed consent to search his vehicle. The search of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of approximately 145 grams of cocaine. The cocaine was hidden in a compartment located in the center of the rear passenger seats. PEREZ was one of the two occupants of the rear seat of the vehicle.
Upon further investigation, it was determined that PEREZ was involved in the distribution of cocaine from approximately September 2009 through February of 2010. Various witnesses would have testified that PEREZ was responsible during this time frame for the distribution of more than 500 grams of cocaine in and around Missoula and Mineral Counties.
PEREZ faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of 5 years in prison and could be sentenced to 40 years, a $2,000,000 fine and at least 4 years supervised release.
The investigation was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration.
A copy of the Offer of Proof can be obtained by contacting Sally Frank at (406) 247-4638.