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Amber Marie Bear, Dayna Jean Bear, Mamie Jean Bear, Wallene Mary Bear Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on October 25, 2010, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, AMBER MARIE BEAR, age 38, DAYNA JEAN BEAR, age 37, MAMIE JEAN BEAR, age 56, residents of Harlem, and WALLENE MARY BEAR, a 50-year-old resident of Havre, appeared for sentencing.

AMBER BEAR was sentenced in connection with her guilty plea to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine to a term of:

  • Prison: 45 months
  • Special Assessment: $200
  • Supervised Release: 4 years

DAYNA JEAN BEAR was sentenced in connection with her guilty plea to conspiracy to possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine to a term of:

  • Prison: 77 months
  • Special Assessment: $100
  • Supervised Release: 8 years

MAMIE JEAN BEAR was sentenced in connection with her guilty plea to possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine to a term of:

  • Prison: 17 months
  • Special Assessment: $100
  • Supervised Release: 3 years

WALLENE MARY BEAR was sentenced in connection with her guilty plea to a term of:

  • Prison: 120 months
  • Special Assessment: $200
  • Supervised Release: 8 years

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

In the early morning hours of September 5, 2009, AMBER BEAR was stopped by Fort Belknap Tribal Police for running a stop sign. One of her three passengers was identified as WALLENE BEAR. During the stop, officers noticed an open can of beer, which is a violation of tribal law, and detained the two male passengers sitting in the back seat. Officers then asked for and received consent from AMBER to search her vehicle. During the search, they found drug paraphernalia. The two females were also detained and transported to the Fort Belknap Police Department.

While visible from a surveillance camera at the police department, AMBER was observed by a female officer reaching into WALLENE's bra and retrieving something. After the males were searched, female officers conducted searches of AMBER and WALLENE. Nine plastic bags of a white powdery substance were found in body cavities, as well as three plastic tubes containing suspected methamphetamine residue in a purse belonging to WALLENE. AMBER was later given medical treatment on suspicion that she may have also swallowed methamphetamine.

Later that day, law enforcement conducted a search of the home of AMBER's mother, MAMIE BEAR, based on information provided by AMBER that there were drugs and drug related evidence at that residence. Upon obtaining consent to search, officers found approximately 5 grams of methamphetamine in separate packages. Officers also found marijuana pipes, marijuana and marijuana seeds, needles, crushed pharmaceuticals, cash, a spoon and a knife with drug residue, and other evidence of drug use and trafficking.

On the evening of September 5, 2010, law enforcement and Social Services were called to a domestic disturbance and neglect report at the public housing home of DAYNA BEAR. Law enforcement had responded first and were told by a woman at the residence that DAYNA had verbally and physically assaulted her. DAYNA was taken into custody for domestic assault and social services were then called to take care of her minor children. Law enforcement had obtained DAYNA's consent to search the premises. While a social worker was checking the home for other children, she discovered prescription drugs and baggies containing "rocks" of suspected methamphetamine.

MAMIE, AMBER, and DAYNA all admitted their long involvement in the methamphetamine trade. All identified WALLENE as their primary, although not necessarily exclusive, source of supply for methamphetamine. AMBER indicated that WALLENE had been bringing methamphetamine to the reservation from Seattle once or twice a month and dealing to customers on Fort Belknap from the time WALLENE got out of federal prison in the summer of 2008. WALLENE used DAYNA, AMBER, and MAMIE as sub-distributors and all would share in the profits of the business. AMBER, who described the activity as a "family business," indicated that she had been dealing drugs for as long as she could remember. She also indicated that WALLENE was one of two sources of her drug supply. MAMIE admitted to using her home as a staging area for the distribution of drugs on Fort Belknap and distributing drugs supplied by WALLENE to pay the bills.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that they will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, they do 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 Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Tri-Agency Safe Trails Task Force, and the Fort Belknap Tribal Police.

Sally

 

 

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