Chad Edward Noziska Sentenced in U.S. District Cour
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on February 17, 2012, before U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy, CHAD EDWARD NOZISKA, a 37-year-old resident of Butte, appeared for sentencing. NOZISKA was sentenced to a term of:
Prison: 210 months
Special Assessment: $100
Supervised Release: 10 years
NOZISKA was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to conspiracy and possession with the intent 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:
In early July 2011, while law enforcement officers were looking for an individual who escaped from the pre-release center in Butte, they encountered an individual who was committing wire fraud and identity theft in Butte. That person had information about the escaped fugitive and also had information about a man named "Chad" who was distributing methamphetamine in and around Butte. The informant pointed out Chad's residence and admitted to having received methamphetamine from Chad on prior occasions.
Based on the information provided by the informant, law enforcement officers obtained a search warrant for "Chad's" residence. The warrant was executed on July 8, 2011. The officers discovered that NOZISKA was living at the house and appeared to be distributing methamphetamine. Items seized from the house included a quantity of methamphetamine, papers that appeared to contain pay/owe information for past drug deals, baggies commonly used to package drugs for distribution, two scales (at least one of which is a digital scale), $6,000 in cash, and a Federal Express package that had been delivered while the house was under surveillance prior to the execution of the warrant.
NOZISKA was arrested and interviewed following the search of his residence. He admitted receiving methamphetamine from sources outside Montana beginning in approximately March 2011 and distributing the drugs in and around Butte and in Kalispell. He admitted that he had received the FedEx package on July 8, 2011, and that it contained methamphetamine. He estimated that he had received and distributed approximately 30 ounces (850 grams) of methamphetamine during the preceding two months.
Based on NOZISKA's statements, officers obtained a search warrant for the FedEx box and seized two packages of methamphetamine, bearing gross weights of approximately 262 and 224 grams.
Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that NOZISKA will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, NOZISKA 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 U.S. Homeland Security Investigations and the Butte-Silver Bow Law Enforcement Agency.