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Chance Allen Chambers Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Thursday, July 28, 2011

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on July 27, 2011, before U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy, CHANCE ALLEN CHAMBERS, a 20-year-old resident of Belgrade, appeared for sentencing. CHAMBERS was sentenced to a term of:

Prison: 60 months

Special Assessment: $100

Supervised Release: 4 years

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

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

The Missouri River Drug Task Force and the Drug Enforcement Administration have been investigating a methamphetamine-trafficking organization in the Bozeman area since approximately January of 2010. As the investigation unfolded, CHAMBERS was identified as one of the primary suppliers of methamphetamine in Gallatin County. The investigation revealed that CHAMBERS obtained the methamphetamine that he distributed from sources in Idaho and personally transported the drugs back to Bozeman.

During the course of the investigation, law enforcement officers monitored several controlled purchases of methamphetamine from CHAMBERS. On the following dates, the case agents purchased the following amounts of actual methamphetamine from CHAMBERS:

August 20, 2010, 0.94 grams;

October 6, 2010, 1.4 grams;

October 12, 2010, 1.6 grams;

October 21, 2010, 1.5 grams;

October 26, 2010, 1.4 grams;

November 9, 2010, 1.6 grams; and

November 12, 2010, 1.5 grams.

CHAMBERS also distributed methamphetamine to law enforcement on December 14, 2010, and January 11, 2011. At this point, the purity of the drugs involved in those transactions has not been determined.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that CHAMBERS will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, CHAMBERS 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 conducted by the Missouri River Drug Task Force.



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