Shawn Slattery and andrew Umhey Plead Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on September 14, 2011, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah C. Lynch, SHAWN SLATTERY, age 40, and ANDREW UMHEY, age 42, residents of Missoula, pled guilty to conspiracy to manufacture marijuana. Sentencing has been set for December 22, 2011. They are 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:
In approximately October of 2010, and continuing through February 11, 2011, SLATTERY and UMHEY started and continued a marijuana grow operation at 14450 Mullan Road in Missoula.
SLATTERY and UMHEY operated the "Four-Twenty Ranch LLC" at said location where marijuana was both produced and stored. Records with the Montana Secretary of State indicated that SLATTERY was listed as the manager/member of "Four-Twenty Ranch LLC." The investigation also revealed that the electricity bill for 14450 Mullan Road was in SLATTERY's name.
On February 10, 2011, a search warrant was executed at this location and approximately 272 marijuana plants and 32.5 pounds of bulk marijuana were recovered by members of law enforcement.
They each face possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of 5 years in prison and could be sentenced to 40 years, a $5,000,000 fine and at least 4 years supervised release.
The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Drug Enforcement Administration and the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force.