Tina Joann Perez Sentenced in U.S. District Cour
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on June 16, 2010, before U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy, TINA JOANN PEREZ, a 45-year-old resident of Modesto, California, appeared for sentencing. PEREZ was sentenced to a term of:
- Prison: 30 months
- Special Assessment: $100
- Supervised Release: 5 years
PEREZ was sentenced in connection with her guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute cocaine.
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 April 13, 2006, Matthew Gregorian and W.S. flew from Sacramento, California to Kalispell. The purpose of the trip was for Gregorian to supervise a cocaine sale. As Gregorian and W.S. were flying, PEREZ was traveling by car to Kalispell with at least 7.5 pounds of cocaine at Gregorian's request. The understanding was that once in Kalispell, the cocaine would be delivered and sold to M.D. Upon arriving, all four individuals met up at a motel in the area and then went to M.D.'s residence. At the residence, the cocaine was retrieved from the door panels of the car PEREZ was driving and M.D. took the cocaine. Gregorian and W.S. boarded a return flight to California the next day and PEREZ returned to California in the same vehicle.
Gregorian pled guilty to and has been sentenced on federal charges.
Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that PEREZ will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, PEREZ 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 conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.