Casey Bell and Robert Maurer Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on August 3, 2010, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah C. Lynch, CASEY BELL, age 22, and ROBERT MAURER, age 23, residents of Missoula, pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine. Sentencing has been set for November 4, 2010. They are currently released on special conditions.
In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Tara J. Elliott, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
From approximately June of 2009 through January of 2010, MAURER and BELL sold cocaine in and around the Missoula area. Initially, MAURER was BELL's supplier for cocaine, but then BELL started to go directly to MAURER's supplier, A.L. MAURER and BELL would take trips to Spokane together to pick up cocaine from A.L.
On January, 27, 2010, BELL and MAURER were stopped in a vehicle by law enforcement officers that contained approximately eight ounces of cocaine. A search was later conducted on BELL's residence and 3.5 ounces of cocaine were discovered.
A controlled source would have testified to purchasing a total of eight ounces of cocaine from BELL over three occasions. When questioned, BELL admitted to obtaining several kilograms of cocaine from A.L. and then distributing it in the Missoula area.
When questioned, MAURER admitted to obtaining approximately 3.5 kilograms of cocaine from A.L. and then distributing it in the Missoula area.
They each face possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of 5 years in prison and could be sentenced to 40 years, a $2,000,000 fine and at least 4 years supervised release.
The investigation was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration.
A copy of the Offer of Proof can be obtained by contacting Sally Frank at (406) 247-4638.