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Calvin Wayne Skidmore Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls on June 15, 2010, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, CALVIN WAYNE SKIDMORE, a 46-year-old resident of Coalhurst, Alberta, Canada, pled guilty to attempted exportation of cocaine. Sentencing has been set for September 30, 2010. He is currently detained.

In an Offer of Proof filed by First Assistant U.S. Attorney Carl E. Rostad, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:

On April 30, 2010, at the Del Bonita Port of Entry (POE), U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers (CBP) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents encountered Canadian citizen SKIDMORE, driving a 2002 Dodge pickup with an Alberta license plate, as he attempted to depart the United States for Canada. The pickup was registered in SKIDMORE's name. SKIDMORE, while being questioned by CBP officers, advised that he had worked in the United States without the appropriate visa or permission, a violation of federal immigration law. SKIDMORE and his vehicle were referred into the Del Bonita POE facility for a secondary examination. During the examination of SKIDMORE's vehicle, a CBP Narcotics Detector Dog alerted to the interior of vehicle for the presence of narcotics.

SKIDMORE and his vehicle were transported to the Sweetgrass POE for further examination. During the examination of SKIDMORE's vehicle at the Sweetgrass POE, agents and officers discovered and seized 46 packages, wrapped in black electrical tape, in the firewall area under the dashboard of the vehicle.

Probing of one of the packages revealed a white powdery substance that field tested positive for cocaine. Total weight of the 46 packages was approximately 16.5 kilograms.

The Drug Enforcement Laboratory in San Francisco conducted further testing on the packages seized in this case and confirmed they tested positive for cocaine.

SKIDMORE 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 U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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



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