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Burhan Mallak Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on August 25, 2010, before Senior U.S. District Judge Jack D. Shanstrom, BURHAN MALLAK, a 51-year-old resident of Billings, pled guilty to distribution of methamphetamine. Sentencing has been set for December 1, 2010. He is currently detained.

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 August 11, 2005, law enforcement interviewed a source who stated he/she observed a lot of short term traffic at MALLAK's residence.

On July 12, 2006, a second source was interviewed. The source stated he/she was present when MALLAK offered another individual a few ounces of methamphetamine to pay off a drug debt.

On or about the beginning of July 2006 until the end of July 2006, MALLAK sold approximately 5 grams of methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance, to an individual on several different occasions. The individual stated he/she paid MALLAK $100 per gram for the methamphetamine.

On or about November 2007 until early 2008, MALLAK sold approximately 84-112 grams of methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance to an individual.

On January 16, 2009, a source was interviewed and stated that he/she had met MALLAK and on several occasions between late December 2008 to early January 2009 the source made arrangements for people to buy methamphetamine from MALLAK.

On September 29, 2009, another source was interviewed. The source stated he/she had started receiving methamphetamine from MALLAK in March of 2006. The source stated at first he/she was receiving one-eighth ounce of methamphetamine every other day for about four months. The source then started receiving one-quarter ounce to a half-ounce of methamphetamine on a daily basis for about three weeks. The source would pay MALLAK $1,000 for a half-ounce of methamphetamine.

MALLAK faces 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.

 

 

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