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Traci Marie Jordan Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, September 22, 2011

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on September 16, 2011, before U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy, TRACI MARIE JORDAN, a 40-year-old resident of Kalispell, appeared for sentencing. JORDAN was sentenced to a term of:

Prison: 100 months

Special Assessment: $100

Supervised Release: 5 years

JORDAN was sentenced in connection with her guilty plea to distribution of methamphetamine.

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

Montana Department of Criminal Investigation (MDCI) agents, and agents of the Northwest Drug Task Force (NWDTF), conducted an extensive investigation of individuals involved in trafficking methamphetamine in western Montana between February 2009 and August 2010. JORDAN was identified as being involved.

A Co-conspirator, "CS 1" would have testified that she was receiving methamphetamine from JORDAN for distribution. During late 2009 and early winter 2010, "CS 1" had personally witnessed JORDAN purchase upwards of six ounces of methamphetamine from co-conspirators 2 and 3, who were bringing it to Montana from Washington. "CS 1" identified JORDAN as having been her supplier of methamphetamine. "CS 1" would have testified that she received over eight ounces of methamphetamine from JORDAN. During this time period when "CS 1" was receiving methamphetamine from JORDAN, NWDTF agents conducted and monitored five controlled purchases of methamphetamine from "CS 1".

The methamphetamine purchased from the "CS 1" was subsequently submitted to the Montana State Crime Lab for testing. The approximately 11 grams of substances purchased from "CS 1" tested positive for methamphetamine.

One witness would have testified that he was at JORDAN's home with JORDAN when "CS 1" and JORDAN were weighing, cutting, and packaging an unknown amount of methamphetamine for distribution in the basement. This witness would have testified further that "CS 1" was in debt to JORDAN for approximately $1,500 for fronted methamphetamine. Agents corroborated this debt by obtaining copies of a subsequent Money Gram wire transfer between "CS 1" and JORDAN for $1,50o, dated December 26, 2009, from the Walmart in Kalispell.

In April 2010, NWDTF agents served a search warrant on JORDAN's home, after she violated terms of her state probation for using and possessing methamphetamine. During the search, agents found multiple pipes with methamphetamine residue in them, eight baggies with small amounts of methamphetamine in them, and JORDAN's drug ledger in a locked safe in her closet. Identified co-conspirators' names are listed in the drug ledger, with numerous lines of money denominations listed below each co-conspirator's name. In the basement of JORDAN's home, agents found tarps hanging from the ceiling, walling off an area where tables were set up. This area would be corroborated by the witness's testimony who was present in JORDAN's basement when methamphetamine was being cut and packaged.

JORDAN's own admissions corroborated information provided by other individuals involved in this conspiracy. JORDAN admitted that she was receiving methamphetamine from co-conspirators 2 and 3, who were supplying the methamphetamine from Washington, via plane and automobile. JORDAN admitted first meeting co-conspirators 2 and 3 in October 2009, when she purchased approximately one-quarter ounce of methamphetamine from them in Kalispell. JORDAN again met co-conspirators 2 and 3 in early November in Kalispell and purchased another one-quarter ounce of methamphetamine. JORDAN admitted purchasing methamphetamine from co-conspirators 2 and 3 on more occasions. Often the methamphetamine was fronted to JORDAN and she sold the methamphetamine to pay off her debt to co-conspirator 2 and purchase more methamphetamine for sale. JORDAN admitted receiving over 14 ounces of fronted methamphetamine, which she subsequently sold to other individuals.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that JORDAN will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, JORDAN 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 a cooperative effort between the Montana Department of Criminal Investigation, the Northwest Drug Task Force and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

 

 

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