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Cody Michael Beard Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour

Thursday, September 29, 2011

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on September 29, 2011, before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, CODY MICHAEL BEARD, a 21-year-old resident of Hardin, pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Sentencing has been set for January 5, 2012. He is currently detained.

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

BEARD became known to FBI/BIA investigators during a joint investigation into the distribution of illegal drugs on the Crow Indian Reservation (CIR). Throughout the last year, agents have interviewed approximately 40 people and all have information about BEARD and his use, and distribution of methamphetamine.

BEARD was interviewed three times, once in May 2010, and twice in March and April 2011. He admitted to selling methamphetamine in Hardin and on the Crow Indian Reservation.

Specifically, BEARD admitted that he began selling methamphetamine in October/November of 2009. He estimated that he sold an eight ball, or 1/8 of an ounce of methamphetamine per day for approximately 6 months, until approximately March 2010. He estimated that he sold $3,000 worth of methamphetamine per week during that 6-month time period, and made a profit of $500 per week. He sold methamphetamine seven days a week.

During the spring of 2010, he accompanied another local drug dealer to Billings to purchase methamphetamine on four separate occasions. On two of the four occasions, 1/4 ounce of methamphetamine was purchased. Smaller amounts were purchased on the other trips. BEARD personally received small amounts on each trip.

BEARD then admitted that he sold methamphetamine during July, August, and September of 2010. He made a profit of $700 during the month of July 2010, and he estimated that he made between $2,500 to $3,000 profit selling methamphetamine during the months of August and September 2010.

BEARD faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison and could be sentenced to life, a $4,000,000 fine and at least 5 years supervised release.

The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and 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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