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Harry Truman Hicks Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Thursday, December 16, 2010

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on December 16, 2010, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, HARRY TRUMAN HICKS, age 36, appeared for sentencing. HICKS was sentenced to a term of:

  • Prison: 300 months
  • Special Assessment: $100
  • Supervised Release: 5 years

HICKS was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

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

In March 2009, members of the Tri-Agency Safe Trails Task Force (TASTTF), which is based in Havre, began to investigate allegations that methamphetamine was being transported from the state of Washington to the Havre area for distribution. As part of the investigation, the task force learned that HICKS was involved in the activity, namely by obtaining methamphetamine in Washington and distributing the drug to his associates in Havre.

On May 27, 2009, an informant told members of the task force that the informant had purchased over an ounce of methamphetamine from HICKS in the preceding five to six months.

On June 27, 2009, an agent with the Missoula High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force arrested HICKS on an outstanding arrest warrant. The agent recovered 33 bindles of methamphetamine on HICKS. The methamphetamine, which had a net weight of approximately 4.9 grams, was packaged for street sales.

On June 30, 2009, members of the TASTTF interviewed HICKS. HICKS stated he obtained methamphetamine from sources in Washington, and that in the preceding eight months, he had obtained one to one and one-half ounces of methamphetamine per week from one source in Washington.

HICKS also stated that he delivered the methamphetamine to people in Browning and Havre. He stated that BW and LB were among the people in Havre who received methamphetamine from him. HICKS further stated that he used the proceeds from the delivery of drugs to support his children and their mothers.

On July 6, 2009, members of the TASTTF interviewed LB. LB stated that LB met HICKS in June 2008. LB stated that LB distributed between one and two pounds of methamphetamine on HICKS's behalf. LB stated that LB wired money to a person in Washington on HICKS's behalf.

On July 8, 2009, a TASTTF agent interviewed an informant. The informant stated that, in January or February 2009, the informant saw HICKS in possession of approximately 100 grams of methamphetamine.

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



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