Kim Brien Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on September 30, 2010, before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, KIM BRIEN, a 35-year-old resident of Crow Agency, pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. She is currently released on special conditions.
In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lori H. Suek, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
On three separate occasions, twice in October 2008, and once in November 2008, on the Crow Indian Reservation and in the Hardin area, a Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) confidential source purchased meth from BRIEN. The three sales were for .78 grams of meth, 3 grams of meth, and .48 grams of meth.
When interviewed, BRIEN admitted that she had been distributing meth for about six or seven months, and she also admitted that she obtained one-quarter ounce of meth at least once per week. BRIEN further admitted that she helped weigh and package multiple ounce quantities of meth on at least two occasions.
BRIEN 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 Bureau of Indian Affairs.
A copy of the Offer of Proof can be obtained by contacting Sally Frank at (406) 247-4638.