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John Joseph Monroe Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour

Thursday, August 26, 2010

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls on August 26, 2010, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, JOHN JOSEPH MONROE, a 36-year-old resident of Browning, pled guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Sentencing has been set for December 2, 2010. He is currently detained.

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

On January 17, 2009, a confidential informant ("CI") of the Blackfeet Safe Trails Drug Task Force ("Task Force") performed controlled purchases of methamphetamine (approximately 2 grams) from MONROE. The purchase occurred at MONROE's residence in Seville, which is within the exterior boundaries of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation.

After a field test of the substances indicated that they were methamphetamine, the substances were sent to the DEA Lab in San Francisco where they were confirmed to be methamphetamine.

On March 26, 2009, MONROE was pulled over during a traffic stop. The passenger in the vehicle voluntarily handed the officers a bag containing approximately 2 grams of meth and told the officers that the meth belonged to MONROE. MONROE, when asked, confirmed that the meth was his.

MONROE faces possible penalties of 30 years in prison, a $2,000,000 fine and at least 6 years supervised release.

The investigation was a cooperative effort between the the Blackfeet Safe Trails Drug Task Force and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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



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