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Gillermo Renova-hernandez Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on May 9, 2012, before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, GILLERMO RENOVA-HERNANDEZ, a 54-year-old resident of the Hardin area, pled guilty to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute marijuana. Sentencing has been set for August 7, 2012. He is currently detained.

Assistant U.S. Attorney James E. Seykora stated the government would have proved at trial the following:

From before 2000 until 2011, RENOVA-HERNANDEZ was involved in two conspiracies - to possess with the intent to distribute or distribute methamphetamine and to possess with the intent to distribute or distribute marijuana.

Over a dozen witnesses would have testified to the receipt of these controlled substances, amounting to more than 700 kilograms of marijuana and 1.5 kilograms of methamphetamine during the above time period.

In lieu of forfeiture of real property, RENOVA-HERNANDEZ agreed to pay the United States $50,000 on or before sentencing.

Part of the investigation included controlled purchases of marijuana and methamphetamine from RENOVA-HERNANDEZ in 2007 and 2008.

RENOVA-HERNANDEZ faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison and could be sentenced to life, a $4,000,000 fine, and 5 years supervised release.

The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Montana Division of Criminal Investigation, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security - Homeland Security Investigations, the Criminal Investigation Division of the Internal Revenue Service, and the Big Horn County Sheriff's Office.



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