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John Wayne Jorgenson Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on January 31, 2012, before U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy, JOHN WAYNE JORGENSON, a 40-year-old resident of Willow Creek, appeared for sentencing. JORGENSON was sentenced to a term of:

Prison: 70 months

Special Assessment: $100

Supervised Release: 8 years

JORGENSON was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

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

The Missouri River Drug Task Force and the Drug Enforcement Administration have been investigating a methamphetamine-trafficking organization in the Bozeman area since approximately January of 2010. JORGENSON was identified during that investigation as a mid-level distributor affiliated primarily with Delano Sanchez, who previously was convicted and sentenced for his involvement in the conspiracy. JORGENSON occasionally traveled to the Spokane area with Sanchez to pick up methamphetamine and also distributed methamphetamine in Gallatin County.

On September 17, 2010, JORGENSON sold approximately 8.6 grams of actual methamphetamine to an individual in Bozeman. When the individual was later stopped by law enforcement the methamphetamine was seized and the individual provided information about JORGENSON. The individual tried to arrange another methamphetamine deal with JORGENSON on October 2, 2010 - 14 grams of meth for $1,400 - but until recently law enforcement officers believed that JORGENSON took the money and did not provide the drugs.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that JORGENSON will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, JORGENSON 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 Drug Enforcement Administration and the Missouri River Drug Task Force.



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