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Chantelle Stone-cedillo Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Thursday, September 23, 2010

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on September 23, 2010, before U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy, CHANTELLE STONE-CEDILLO, a 27-year-old resident of Denver, Colorado, appeared for sentencing. STONE-CEDILLO was sentenced to a term of:

  • Prison: 18 months
  • Special Assessment: $100
  • Supervised Release: 4 years

STONE-CEDILLO was sentenced in connection with her guilty plea to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession and distribution of methamphetamine.

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

  • e U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Butte-Silver Bow Law Enforcement Agency ("BSBLEA"), and the Southwest Montana Drug Task Force ("SMDTF") have been investigating a methamphetamine-trafficking organization in the Butte area since 2008. That investigation has led to the prosecution and conviction of seven people for conspiracy to distribute pounds of meth in Silver Bow, Jefferson, Lewis and Clark, and Gallatin Counties.

One of the conspirators in the investigation was interviewed by law enforcement and provided information about a source of supply for methamphetamine from Denver. The conspirator told law enforcement that the source was still in contact and was interested in transporting a quantity of meth to Butte. The investigating officers enlisted the assistance of the conspirator in placing telephone calls to the source, who arranged to meet the conspirator in Butte to distribute six ounces of methamphetamine.

On March 23, 2010, the source and STONE-CEDILLO arrived in Butte driving a rented car. The conspirator arranged to meet them in the parking lot in Butte. Instead, law enforcement officers confronted the source and STONE-CEDILLO, employed a trained K-9 on the car, who alerted to the odor of drugs, and seized the car in order to obtain a search warrant. During the subsequent search, the officers seized approximately six ounces (170.1 grams) of methamphetamine from the engine compartment, precisely where the conspirator said it would be and had been during prior transactions with the source.

STONE-CEDILLO initially declined to be interviewed, but later requested to speak with officers and admitted to being involved in the conspiracy. She admitted that she knew about the deal that was supposed to transpire on March 23, 2010, and was present to make sure that the source got back to Denver with the proceeds of the drug deal.

STONE-CEDILLO 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.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that STONE-CEDILLO will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, STONE-CEDILLO does have the opportunity to earn a sentence reduction for "good behavior." However, this reduction will not exceed 15% of the overall sentence.

The investigation was a cooperative effort between the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Butte-Silver Bow Law Enforcement Agency.



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