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George Victor Morris Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on October 13, 2010, before Senior U.S. District Judge Jack D. Shanstrom, GEORGE VICTOR MORRIS, a 59-year-old resident of Lockwood, appeared for sentencing. MORRIS was sentenced to a term of:

  • Prison: 188 months
  • Special Assessment: $100
  • Forfeiture: cash and cars
  • Supervised Release: 8 years

MORRIS was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine as part of a tribal drug operation, "Junkyard Dog."

In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Lori Harper Suek and Jessica T. Fehr, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:

Since 2005, law enforcement has been conducting an ongoing investigation into a drug trafficking organization operating in the Billings area, as well as the Crow and Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservations. The organization distributed methamphetamine. The primary target of the investigation was MORRIS. Law enforcement's investigation revealed that MORRIS' drug trafficking operation was based out of his home in Billings, as well as at his junkyard, which is located on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation.

Law enforcement learned that MORRIS' methamphetamine sources were from Washington. Sources told law enforcement that the process was always the same when MORRIS received a shipment of methamphetamine. The individuals delivering the methamphetamine called MORRIS when they arrived at the stop near MORRIS' home. The delivery vehicle was then driven to MORRIS' residence or another location and parked in a garage. The delivery people would leave MORRIS' residence for a short period of time. While the delivery people were gone, MORRIS would remove the methamphetamine from the vehicle. MORRIS removed the methamphetamine from the stash compartment and replaced the methamphetamine with money. After retrieving the methamphetamine from the vehicle, MORRIS would leave some of the methamphetamine at his residence and transport some of the methamphetamine to the junkyard on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation for distribution. Additional methamphetamine was sent to a co-conspirator's residence for distribution. Numerous individuals would have testified that they regularly purchased methamphetamine from MORRIS at his residence, at the Junkyard, and from a co-conspirator's residence during the course of the conspiracy.

Deliveries of suspected methamphetamine in the above described manner were confirmed by law enforcement on August 2, 2009, August 19, 2009, October 14, 2009 and December 20, 2009. Each delivery was couriered by an out of state vehicle and delivered to the MORRIS' residence or a co-conspirator's residence for transfer of the drugs for money.

During the course of the conspiracy, 2005 to December 2009, MORRIS received regular shipments of methamphetamine from Washington every three to four weeks. The amounts delivered to MORRIS varied from a quarter of a pound of methamphetamine to two pounds of methamphetamine per trip. During the course of the conspiracy MORRIS received and distributed more than 500 grams of methamphetamine.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that MORRIS will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, MORRIS 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 City-County Special Investigation Unit in Billings, the Billings Big Sky Safe Streets Task Force, the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

 

 

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