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Judd James Schwartz Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on July 21, 2010, before U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy, JUDD JAMES SCHWARTZ, a 37-year-old resident of Bozeman, appeared for sentencing. SCHWARTZ was sentenced to a term of:

  • Prison: 41 months
  • Special Assessment: $100
  • Supervised Release: 4 years

SCHWARTZ 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 Missouri River Drug Task Force ("MRDTF") and the Drug Enforcement Administration ("DEA") began investigating a methamphetamine-trafficking organization in the Bozeman area in 2007. That organization is responsible for distributing pounds of meth in Gallatin County and the investigation has resulted in the arrest of prosecution of several individuals.

SCHWARTZ was identified as a local mid-level distributor in the organization. He received methamphetamine from other local sources, including William Feight, Lori Meigs, Emiliano Cruz-Salazar, Oswaldo Zuniga-Sanchez, and Isaac Cardona. SCHWARTZ used some of the meth he received, and distributed the rest to meth users in and around Bozeman. SCHWARTZ received between three and six ounces of methamphetamine from Feight and Meigs, four 8-balls from Cruz-Salazar, 1.5 ounces from Zuniga-Sanchez, and an unknown quantity from Cardona.

On April 14, 2008, SCHWARTZ sold approximately 8.7 grams of methamphetamine to a confidential informant. On April 18, 2008, he sold another 14.5 grams of meth, again to a confidential informant.

Feight, Meigs, Cruz-Salazar, Zuniga-Sanchez and Cardona pled guilty to federal charges and have been sentenced.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that SCHWARTZ will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, SCHWARTZ 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 the Missouri River Drug Task Force and the Drug Enforcement Administration.



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