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Rosanna Lynn Walks Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on November 2, 2011, before Senior U.S. District Judge Jack D. Shanstrom, ROSANNA LYNN WALKS, a 37-year-old resident of Crow Agency, pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Sentencing has been set for February 1, 2012.

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:

The investigation of WALKS began when, on two separate occasions, January 26, 2010 and February 2, 2010, both within the exterior boundaries of the Crow Indian Reservation, a Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) confidential source purchased methamphetamine from WALKS. The two sales were for .17 grams of meth, and .15 grams of methamphetamine.

WALKS was then interviewed in March 2010. WALKS admitted that she began using methamphetamine around 2002 or 2003, and that she distributed methamphetamine, mostly in the Crow Agency area, for an extended period of time. WALKS identified suppliers and customers.

Specifically, she admitted that from one supplier, during the months of January and February 2010, she purchased methamphetamine on a daily basis, approximately 15-20 times. The largest purchase was fourteen bindles from this supplier.

From another supplier, she purchased a little less than 1 gram of methamphetamine. And from yet another supplier, on two occasions, she purchased $100 and $60 worth of methamphetamine.

Customers of WALKS were interviewed as well. One customer estimated that the customer purchased 1/2 gram quantities of methamphetamine from WALKS on at least 50 separate occasions. The last time the customer purchased methamphetamine from WALKS was in approximately July 2010. Another customer purchased 1 gram quantities of methamphetamine from WALKS, once a week, for a period of approximately two years, from 2006 through 2008.

WALKS 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 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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