George Victor Morris Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings on July 6, 2010, before Senior U.S. District Judge Jack D. Shanstrom, GEORGE VICTOR MORRIS, a 59-year-old resident of Lockwood, pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Sentencing has been set for October 6, 2010. He is currently detained on special conditions.
In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Lori Harper Suek and Jessica T. Fehr, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
Since 2005, law enforcement has been conducting an ongoing investigation into a drug trafficking organization operating in the Billings area, as well as the Crow and Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservations. The organization distributed methamphetamine. The primary target of the investigation was MORRIS. Law enforcement's investigation revealed that MORRIS' drug trafficking operation was based out of his home in Billings, as well as at his junkyard, which is located on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation.
Law enforcement learned that MORRIS' methamphetamine sources were from Washington. Sources told law enforcement that the process was always the same when MORRIS received a shipment of methamphetamine. The individuals delivering the methamphetamine called MORRIS when they arrived at the stop near MORRIS' home. The delivery vehicle was then driven to MORRIS' residence or another location and parked in a garage. The delivery people would leave MORRIS' residence for a short period of time. While the delivery people were gone, MORRIS would remove the methamphetamine from the vehicle. MORRIS removed the methamphetamine from the stash compartment and replaced the methamphetamine with money. After retrieving the methamphetamine from the vehicle, MORRIS would leave some of the methamphetamine at his residence and transport some of the methamphetamine to the junkyard on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation for distribution. Additional methamphetamine was sent to a co-conspirator's residence for distribution. Numerous individuals would have testified that they regularly purchased methamphetamine from MORRIS at his residence, at the Junkyard, and from a co-conspirator's residence during the course of the conspiracy.
Deliveries of suspected methamphetamine in the above described manner were confirmed by law enforcement on August 2, 2009, August 19, 2009, October 14, 2009 and December 20, 2009. Each delivery was couriered by an out of state vehicle and delivered to the MORRIS' residence or a co-conspirator's residence for transfer of the drugs for money.
During the course of the conspiracy, 2005 to December 2009, MORRIS received regular shipments of methamphetamine from Washington every three to four weeks. The amounts delivered to MORRIS varied from a quarter of a pound of methamphetamine to two pounds of methamphetamine per trip. During the course of the conspiracy MORRIS received and distributed more than 500 grams of methamphetamine.
MORRIS 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 City-County Special Investigation Unit in Billings, the Billings Big Sky Safe Streets Task Force, the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
A copy of the Offer of Proof can be obtained by contacting Sally Frank at (406) 247-4638.