Cory Michael Louden and Derek Gene Sherlock Plead Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on November 17, 2010, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, CORY MICHAEL LOUDEN, age 22, and DEREK GENE SHERLOCK, age 26, residents of Helena, pled guilty to possession with the intent to distribute cocaine. Sentencing has been set for February 28, 2011. They are currently detained.
In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Vince Carroll, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
On May 17, 2009, B.R. possessed and provided cocaine to LOUDEN and SHERLOCK. LOUDEN and SHERLOCK were then arrested after they went to a store in Great Falls with approximately 1.5 ounces of cocaine to sell to an undercover officer. When interviewed, LOUDEN and SHERLOCK indicated that they were selling the cocaine for B.R.
They each face possible penalties of 20 years in prison, a $1,000,000 fine and 3 years supervised release.
The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Great Falls Police Department, the Montana Division of Criminal Investigation, U.S. Homeland Security Investigations, and the Great Falls High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force (Central Montana Drug Task Force).
A copy of the Offer of Proof can be obtained by contacting Sally Frank at (406) 247-4638.