Raymond Lalonde Curnow Sentenced in U.S. District Cour
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on July 20, 2010, before U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy, RAYMOND LALONDE CURNOW, a 32-year-old resident of Butte, appeared for sentencing. CURNOW was sentenced to a term of:
- Prison: 37 months
- Special Assessment: $100
- Supervised Release: 5 years
CURNOW was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.
In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Racicot, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Butte-Silver Bow Law Enforcement Agency, and the Southwest Montana Drug Task Force have been investigating a methamphetamine-trafficking organization in the Butte area since 2008. The organization is responsible for distributing pounds of meth in Silver Bow, Jefferson, Lewis and Clark, and Gallatin Counties.
According to one co-conspirator, CURNOW's initial role in the organization was that of a supplier. CURNOW provided methamphetamine that he received from a source in Denver to Anthony Kerner and others. Eventually, Kerner tapped into a source in Arizona and CURNOW started acting as a local distributor. Information provided by one co-conspirator indicated that once CURNOW started selling meth for Kerner, he received one or two ounces every five to seven days for a period of ten months (between 1,134 and 2,268 grams). Another co-conspirator estimated that CURNOW received between two and three pounds (907 to 1,360 grams) from Kerner from January to October 2009.
On June 1, 2009, law enforcement officers monitored a one-ounce methamphetamine deal between a confidential informant and CURNOW. On June 8, 2009, law enforcement officers stopped CURNOW's truck, which was searched on two separate occasions. CURNOW's house was also searched on June 8, 2009. A total of approximately 125 grams of methamphetamine was seized from the June 1 transaction and the searches of CURNOW's house and truck.
During the search of CURNOW's house, officers saw televisions in the basement streaming live video from outside the home. One camera was facing west (out the front of the house) and one was facing east (toward the alley behind the house). The officers seized a .22-caliber pistol, which was located on a television in the upstairs living room, and a can of acetone from the freezer. The following items were seized from the basement of the residence: small baggies that could be used to package drugs, cutting agents, scales, glass pipes used to smoke methamphetamine, baggies with meth residue, lab-type glassware, and a Smith and Wesson .38-caliber revolver in a holster. Also seized from the basement - from a safe that was found in a backpack - were additional baggies (some that appeared to contain meth residue), small amounts of suspected methamphetamine, and two digital scales.
Kerner pled guilty to federal charges and has been sentenced.
Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that CURNOW will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, CURNOW 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 a cooperative effort between U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Butte-Silver Bow Law Enforcement Agency, and the Southwest Montana Drug Task Force.