Delores Carr Stratton Sentenced in U.S. District Cour
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on February 2, 2012, before U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy, DELORES CARR STRATTON, a 48-year-old resident of Huson, appeared for sentencing. STRATTON was sentenced to a term of:
Probation: 3 years
Special Assessment: $100
STRATTON 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 (DCI) 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. STRATTON was identified as being involved in this conspiracy.
NWDTF agents conducted and monitored a controlled purchase of methamphetamine from STRATTON on February 9, 2009. With the assistance of a confidential informant, NWDTF agents purchased approximately two grams of methamphetamine from STRATTON.
The methamphetamine purchased from STRATTON was subsequently submitted to the Montana State Crime Lab for testing. The substance purchased from STRATTON tested positive for methamphetamine.
Co-conspirator 1, who is identified as being the main supplier of methamphetamine in this conspiracy, would testify that STRATTON introduced co-conspirator 1 to numerous individuals in Kalispell and on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, for the purpose of distributing methamphetamine. Other co-conspirators would testify and corroborate this fact: that STRATTON introduced co-conspirator 1, who was transporting the methamphetamine from Washington to Montana, to individuals in Montana to distribute for co-conspirator 1.
STRATTON voluntarily agreed to be interviewed by NWDTF agents during this investigation and admitted that she had introduced individuals to co-conspirator 1 to be involved in distributing methamphetamine in Montana. STRATTON also admitted to meeting with co-conspirator 1 on two occasions during the fall of 2009, at hotels near Kalispell where she purchased methamphetamine from co-conspirator 1.
Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that STRATTON will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, STRATTON 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 and the Northwest Montana Drug Task Force.