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Mauro Bonilla Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on October 13, 2010, before U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy, MAURO BONILLA, a 22-year-old resident of Seattle, Washington, pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine. Sentencing has been set for January 13, 2011. He is currently detained.

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

On February 3, 2010, a buy/bust was arranged at a motel in Seattle, Washington. C.B., monitored by law enforcement through text messages and phone calls, had arranged for BONILLA to distribute 27 ounces of cocaine to him. BONILLA arrived at the motel and was detained. He was found to have no controlled substances on his person. Subsequent investigation led to BONILLA disclosing that "John Doe" was down the street two blocks away with the cocaine. BONILLA answered a phone call from "John Doe" and per law enforcement instruction informed "John Doe" that everything was acceptable at the motel room for "John Doe" to deliver the cocaine. "John Doe" arrived at the hotel within 10 minutes and was detained and found to have approximately 27 ounces of cocaine on his person.

BONILLA was then interviewed. He estimated that he had distributed cocaine to C.B. on (3) occasions for 12 oz., 18 oz. and 18 oz. (48 oz. total) respectively. BONILLA stated that he obtained all of the cocaine from "John Doe".

BONILLA 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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