Kimberly Joe Mccracken Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on January 13, 2011, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah C. Lynch, KIMBERLY JOE McCRACKEN, a 49-year-old resident of Ogden, Utah, pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Sentencing has been set for April 21, 2011. She is currently released on special conditions.
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:
Beginning on or about September 29, 2010, a Drug Enforcement Administration Confidential Source (CS) was in contact with McCRACKEN via cellular telephone and text messaging. During these contacts, McCRACKEN agreed to arrange for the delivery of four ounces of methamphetamine to the CS in Montana. McCRACKEN eventually advised the CS that "Tim", later identified by law enforcement as Timothy Reynolds, who was one of her sources of supply, would transport four ounces of methamphetamine from Ogden, Utah to the CS in Montana.
On October 5, 2009, Montana Highway Patrol conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle Reynolds was driving. During a probable cause search of the vehicle, approximately 100 grams of methamphetamine was discovered. Upon further laboratory testing, it was determined that said methamphetamine contained in excess of 50 grams pure methamphetamine.
Another individual ("CC") was later interviewed and stated that he started selling methamphetamine to McCRACKEN around August of 2009. "CC" sold on average 1/4 ounce to 1/2 ounce quantities of methamphetamine at a time to McCRACKEN on a weekly basis, and on occasion, several times a week. "CC" estimated he had sold 1/2 ounce quantities to McCRACKEN about four to five times and the rest of the times were 1/4 ounce quantities.
McCRACKEN faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison and could be sentenced to life, a $4,000,000 fine and at least 5 years supervised release.
Reynolds pled guilty and is awaiting sentencing.
The investigation was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration.
A copy of the Offer of Proof can be obtained by contacting Sally Frank at (406) 247-4638.