Reynaldo Medina Sentenced in U.S. District Cour
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on July 22, 2010, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, REYNALDO MEDINA, a 38-year-old resident of Aurora, Colorado, appeared for sentencing. MEDINA was sentenced to a term of:
- Prison: 105 months
- Special Assessment: $100
- Supervised Release: 3 years
MEDINA was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute cocaine.
In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph E. Thaggard, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
In approximately July of 2009, members of the Great Falls Safe Streets Task Force began to investigate allegations that certain individuals in Great Falls, including MEDINA, had distributed cocaine.
On July 15, 2009, a confidential source stated that the source had traveled with MEDINA to Denver, Colorado, once in May 2009 and once in June 2009, to obtain cocaine. During the May 2009 trip, MEDINA obtained a baseball size chunk of cocaine. During the June 2009 trip, MEDINA obtained two ounces of cocaine.
On July 23, 2009, a confidential informant (CI), acting at the behest of law enforcement officers, contacted MEDINA in order to purchase cocaine. MEDINA referred the CI to N.M., an unindicted coconspirator. N.M. subsequently sold five grams of cocaine to the CI.
On August 7, 2009, agents of the Billings Safe Streets Task Force approached MEDINA at the Greyhound Bus Station in Billings. MEDINA consented to a search of his possessions. The agents found 115 net grams of cocaine in MEDINA's belongings.
On August 10, 2009, law enforcement officers interviewed Martin Houle. Houle stated he met MEDINA in December 2008. Houle said that, in March 2009, MEDINA brought one and one-half ounces of cocaine to Houle's residence. Houle stated that he and others helped MEDINA distribute the cocaine.
Houle further stated that, in late April or early May 2009, he saw MEDINA in possession of eight ounces of cocaine. Houle stated that, on another occasion in May 2009, MEDINA stated he had purchased another eight ounces of cocaine in Denver.
HOULE 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 MEDINA will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, MEDINA 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 Great Falls Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.