Elier Gonzalez-ramos Sentenced in U.S. District Cour
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on February 17, 2012, before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, ELIER GONZALEZ-RAMOS, a 39-year-old citizen of Mexico, appeared for sentencing. GONZALEZ-RAMOS was sentenced to a term of:
Prison: 120 months
Supervised Release: 5 years
GONZALEZ-RAMOS was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine.
In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney James E. Seykora, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
On January 18, 2011, law enforcement officers received informant information regarding the methamphetamine trafficking activities of Richard Pospisil. They learned that Pospisil was distributing ounce quantities of methamphetamine in the Billings area. On January 18, 2011, law enforcement officers conducted a controlled buy of methamphetamine from Pospisil. Also on this date, approximately one half ounce of methamphetamine was seized from Josh Farmer in Laurel, and information provided by the informant and others indicated that Farmer's methamphetamine was supplied by Pospisil.
On January 25, 2011, a traffic stop was performed on a vehicle in which Pospisil and Farmer were occupants. More methamphetamine was seized during this traffic stop.
On January 26, 2011, the same confidential informant, again under the direction of the HIDTA Detectives, purchased more methamphetamine from Pospisil. A search warrant was performed on Pospisil's residence and on his parent's residence in the Lockwood area of Billings, and large amounts of methamphetamine were found. Pospisil agreed to cooperate.
Pospisil stated his contact was a male known only to him as "Henry" or "Hen". On January 27, 2011, "Hen" began calling and texting Pospisil, telling him that he had another vehicle ready to come to Billings. "Henry" told Pospisil that he would have another "one and a half" brought up to them, referring to one and a half pounds of meth.
At 2:50 p.m., Yellowstone County Sheriff's Deputies initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle once it entered Yellowstone County. The driver was identified as GONZALEZ-RAMOS. He was taken into custody by Immigration Enforcement, and was transported to the Billings Border Patrol Station for processing for being illegally in the United States.
During a search of the vehicle on January 28, 2011, 442.9 grams of 86.3% pure methamphetamine or 382.2 grams of actual methamphetamine, a Taurus handgun, and miscellaneous documents were recovered.
GONZALEZ-RAMOS was interviewed on January 31, 2011. He cooperated with law enforcement and provided further information regarding multiple pound(s) of methamphetamine.
Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that GONZALEZ-RAMOS will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, GONZALEZ-RAMOS 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, the Billings Big Sky Safe Streets Task Force, and the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Task Force.