John Frederick Jaeger Sentenced in U.S. District Cour
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on December 2, 2010, before U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy, JOHN FREDERICK JAEGER, a 48-year-old resident of Butte, appeared for sentencing. JAEGER was sentenced to a term of:
- Prison: 108 months
- Special Assessment: $400
- Supervised Release: 6 years
JAEGER was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and distribution of methamphetamine.
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:
A group of individuals, including JAEGER and other United States citizens and Mexican nationals, were involved in the distribution of multiple pounds of methamphetamine throughout southwestern Montana. Dealers from California would distribute methamphetamine to the Butte and Missoula areas of Montana. A member of the group would travel to Butte to drop off the methamphetamine. A number of people from Butte would sell the methamphetamine and later pay for it by depositing money in local branches of Wells Fargo Bank (WFB), in accounts established and maintained by the California drug organization. In the ongoing investigation, agents purchased illegal drugs from JAEGER, and on more than one occasion, JAEGER distributed methamphetamine to a person under age 21.
Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that JAEGER will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, JAEGER 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 U.S. Homeland Security Investigations and the Southwest Montana Drug Task Force.