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Juan Carlos Bautista-hernandez Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour

Thursday, July 01, 2010

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings on June 30, 2010, before Senior U.S. District Judge Jack D. Shanstrom, JUAN CARLOS BAUTISTA-HERNANDEZ, a citizen of Mexico, pled guilty to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute and distribution of methamphetamine. Sentencing has been set for September 29, 2010. He is currently detained.

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

In 2009, BAUTISTA-HERNANDEZ was involved with other individuals in a conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute and distribution of methamphetamine in the Billings area.

BAUTISTA-HERNANDEZ 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 Billings Big Sky Safe Streets Task Force, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Billings Police Department 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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