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Chase Ray Strike Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour

Thursday, August 12, 2010

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings on August 12, 2010, before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, CHASE RAY STRIKE, a 30-year-old resident of Billings, pled guilty to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute ecstacy and distribution of ecstacy. Sentencing has been set for November 8, 2010. He is currently detained.

In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney James E. Seykora, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:

On October 1, 2008, Montana Probation and Parole Officers conducted a search of a home in Billings after receiving reports that the house had possible drug activity. One of the occupants, STRIKE, was on felony probation through the Montana Department of Corrections and had reported that he was using his roommate's Cadillac for transportation. The roommate, Nicholas Kojetin, was also present during the search. When probation officers searched the Cadillac, they discovered 1,501 ecstasy pills and psilocybin mushrooms. Officers also found paperwork tying STRIKE to its use.

Task Force officers responded and interviewed Kojetin, who admitted that STRIKE had been predominantly using his vehicle. Kojetin admitted that STRIKE had made a trip in his car to purchase 1,000 ecstacy pills and also received 1,000 ecstacy pills on a front, for a total of 2,000 pills. STRIKE had returned to Billings the previous day, September 30, 2008.

An analysis by the DEA Lab found that the 1,501 tablets weighed 393.4 grams and contained 3,4 methylenedioxymethamphetamine hydrochloride with the amount of pure drug being 135.0 grams.

Kojetin pled guilty to federal charges and is awaiting sentencing.

STRIKE 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, the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force, Montana Probation and Parole and the Billings Police Department.

A copy of the Offer of Proof can be obtained by contacting Sally Frank at (406) 247-4638.



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