Darin James Marker Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on January 18, 2011, before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, DARIN JAMES MARKER, a 38-year-old resident of Billings, pled guilty to distribution of cocaine. Sentencing has been set for April 20, 2011. He is currently released on special conditions.
In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney James E. Seykora, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
Several cocaine related text messages were intercepted between MARKER and Shon Flores in May and June of 2009.
Shon Flores admitted to law enforcement that he distributed approximately 5 ounces of cocaine to MARKER between September 2008 and June 2009.
On July 23, 2009, MARKER was interviewed and provided a signed statement. From February/March 2009 until May 2009, MARKER admitted that he obtained cocaine from Flores 10 to 12 times. According to MARKER, the largest amount of cocaine that he obtained from Flores on one occasion was 1/4 ounce. MARKER would then distribute cocaine to his "friends." MARKER refused to provide the names of his "friends." MARKER claimed that he only obtained 1/2 ounce of cocaine from Flores. MARKER further admitted to using his cellular phone to obtain cocaine from Flores.
Flores pled guilty to federal charges and has been sentenced.
MARKER faces 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 Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Eastern Montana High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force, the U.S. Marshals Service and the Billings Big Sky Safe Streets Task Force.
A copy of the Offer of Proof can be obtained by contacting Sally Frank at (406) 247-4638.