Adam Bracken Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on August 11, 2010, before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, ADAM BRACKEN, a resident of Billings, pled guilty to possession with the intent to distribute ecstacy. Sentencing has been set for November 8, 2010. He is currently released on special conditions.
In an Offer of Proof filed by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Sheila R. Kolar, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
On February 6, 2009, detectives with the Eastern Montana High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force met with a confidential informant (CI). During that meeting, the CI stated that the CI had purchased marijuana, cocaine, and ecstasy in the past from BRACKEN and that BRACKEN obtained his drugs from a source in Spokane, Washington.
During the week of February 23, 2009, the CI informed the detectives that BRACKEN was due to make another trip to Spokane in the near future. The CI told the agents that BRACKEN was planning on driving his gold 2000 Acura to pick up marijuana and possibly cocaine and ecstacy.
On March 3, 2009, the CI advised that BRACKEN was on his way and had advised the CI that he was picking up illegal substances and would be back the weekend of March 6-8, 2009.
On March 7, 2009, BRACKEN was located on his way back from Spokane on I-90 near Laurel. When BRACKEN reached Laurel, he exited and pulled over at a gas station next to I-90. He then exited the vehicle and was later approached by detectives.
When questioned, BRACKEN admitted to making several trips to Spokane to purchase marijuana, cocaine, Oxycontin, and ecstacy. BRACKEN stated on this trip he had the following: 1/8 ounce of marijuana, six Oxycontin 40 mg pills, and 690 ecstacy pills. He advised that he took $6,000 out to Spokane with the purpose of mainly purchasing ecstacy. He spent a little over $5,000 on ecstacy, stating that he paid $7.25 per pill. BRACKEN stated that he paid $25 for each Oxycontin tablet.
BRACKEN further stated that he sells the Oxycontin for $40 a pill, and the ecstacy for $15 each. BRACKEN was then informed that officers would be searching his residence.
During the search of BRACKEN's residence, cocaine was located in a safe. Additionally, two suspected ecstacy tablets were located, along with digital scales and various paraphernalia.
On March 9, 2009, detectives searched BRACKEN's vehicle. During the search, law enforcement recovered $253 in his wallet from the front seat, items of paraphernalia, and suspected ecstacy, marijuana, and Oxycontin. The suspected drugs were located in several Ziploc baggies hidden in the wheel well area (passenger side) in the trunk, behind the carpeting. This was the location that BRACKEN had advised law enforcement where they would find the items.
Later in the day, a detective counted the suspected ecstacy tablets and found there were 714 in total.
BRACKEN faces possible penalties of 20 years in prison, a $1,000,000 fine and at least 3 years supervised release.
The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Billings Big Sky Safe Streets Task Force and the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force.
A copy of the Offer of Proof can be obtained by contacting Sally Frank at (406) 247-4638.