John Joseph Monroe Sentenced in U.S. District Cour
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on December 1, 2010, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, JOHN JOSEPH MONROE, a 36-year-old resident of Browning, appeared for sentencing. MONROE was sentenced to a term of:
- Prison: 30 months
- Special Assessment: $100
- Supervised Release: 3 years
MONROE was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine.
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 January 17, 2009, a confidential informant ("CI") of the Blackfeet Safe Trails Drug Task Force ("Task Force") performed controlled purchases of methamphetamine (approximately 2 grams) from MONROE. The purchase occurred at MONROE's residence in Seville, which is within the exterior boundaries of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation.
After a field test of the substances indicated that they were methamphetamine, the substances were sent to the DEA Lab in San Francisco where they were confirmed to be methamphetamine.
On March 26, 2009, MONROE was pulled over during a traffic stop. The passenger in the vehicle voluntarily handed the officers a bag containing approximately 2 grams of meth and told the officers that the meth belonged to MONROE. MONROE, when asked, confirmed that the meth was his.
Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that MONROE will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, MONROE 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 Blackfeet Safe Trails Drug Task Force and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.