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Natashia Florence Decrane Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, May 23, 2011

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on May 18, 2011, before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, NATASHIA FLORENCE DECRANE, a 27-year-old resident of Crow Agency, pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and distribution of methamphetamine. Sentencing has been set for August 12, 2011. She is currently released on special conditions.

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

On four separate occasions, twice in February 2010, once in June 2010, and once in August 2010, all on the Crow Indian Reservation, a Bureau of Indian Affairs confidential source purchased methamphetamine from DECRANE. The four sales were for 1.1 grams, .65 grams, .10 grams, and .30 grams of methamphetamine.

When interviewed, DECRANE admitted that she had been distributing methamphetamine for an extended period of time and she identified her suppliers and customers. She further admitted that she had a number of suppliers. Specifically, she admitted that from one supplier she purchased 1/2 to 1 gram quantities of methamphetamine twice a month. From another supplier, she purchased 1/2 to 1 gram quantities of methamphetamine twice a week.

DECRANE faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of 5 years in prison and could be sentenced to 40 years, a $2,000,000 fine and at least 4 years supervised release.

The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

A copy of the Offer of Proof can be obtained by contacting Sally Frank at (406) 247-4638.

 

 

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