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Julio Vasquez and Rosirene Lopez Sandoval Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Thursday, November 03, 2011

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on November 3, 2011, before U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy, JULIO VASQUEZ, age 21, and ROSIRENE LOPEZ SANDOVAL, age 23, residents of Seattle, Washington, appeared for sentencing.

VASQUEZ was sentenced to a term of:

Prison: 24 months

Special Assessment: $100

Supervised Release: 4 years

SANDOVAL was sentenced to a term of:

Prison: 60 months

Special Assessment: $100

Supervised Release: 4 years

They were sentenced in connection with their guilty pleas to conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

In Offers of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Paulette L. Stewart, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:

VASQUEZ, SANDOVAL and their co-conspirators were the source of supply for cocaine that was ultimately distributed in Helena. They were distributing substances containing cocaine with their co-conspirators in March 2010. In May 2010, VASQUEZ and SANDOVAL's substances containing cocaine made it to the streets of Helena - this continued until March 2011.

The investigation revealed that VASQUEZ and SANDOVAL distributed substances containing cocaine from approximately March 2010 through March 2011. From the investigation, law enforcement had over 40 ounces of substances containing cocaine in custody.

The DEA laboratory tested some of the substances recovered from this investigation. The result of the testing was that the DEA laboratory confirmed that over 600 grams of the substances contained cocaine hydrochloride.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that they will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, they do 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 Helena Missouri River Drug Task Force, the Montana Division of Criminal Investigation, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Lewis and Clark Sheriff's Office, and the Helena Police Department.



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