Adrian Frank Nault Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on May 15, 2012, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Strong, ADRIAN FRANK NAULT, a 29-year-old resident of Box Elder, pled guilty to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and distribution of methamphetamine. Sentencing has been set for August 20, 2012. He is currently detained.
In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica A Betley, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
On April 6, 2010, law enforcement conducted a controlled purchase of methamphetamine from NAULT, with the assistance of a confidential source (CS). The CS traveled to NAULT's home on the Rocky Boy's Indian Reservation and purchased approximately one gram of methamphetamine from NAULT.
Law enforcement agents and the CS made another controlled purchase of methamphetamine from NAULT again later that day at NAULT's home. The CS purchased approximately .3 grams of methamphetamine from NAULT that night.
Several witnesses would have testified that they had purchased methamphetamine from NAULT for at least a year and some for as long as five years.
The government would have proven that at least 350 grams of methamphetamine fell within the scope of NAULT's participation in this conspiracy.
NAULT faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of 5 years and could be sentenced to 40 years, a $4,000,000 fine, and 4 years supervised release.
The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Tri-Agency Task Force.