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Carrie Jean Woodruff Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Friday, May 18, 2012

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on May 18, 2012, before U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy, CARRIE JEAN WOODRUFF, a 38-year-old resident of Belgrade, appeared for sentencing. WOODRUFF was sentenced to a term of:

  • Prison: 36 months
  • Special Assessment: $100
  • Supervised Release: 5 years

WOODRUFF was sentenced in connection with her guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute and distribution of 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 the summer of 2009, officers on the Missouri River Drug Task Force began receiving information about WOODRUFF's involvement in the distribution of methamphetamine in the Bozeman area. The officers interviewed several people who provided information about WOODRUFF's activities.

One person told the officers that WOODRUFF obtained her methamphetamine from William Voth to distribute methamphetamine in and around Bozeman. That person also described having purchased methamphetamine from WOODRUFF on prior occasions for $150 per gram. Another person, interviewed during the summer of 2010, identified WOODRUFF's source of supply as someone other than Voth. A third person was interviewed in August 2010 and told law enforcement that he had purchased approximately one-half of one pound of methamphetamine from WOODRUFF. A fourth person was interviewed in September 2010 and described purchasing about 60 grams of methamphetamine from WOODRUFF from July to September 2009.

Two more people were interviewed in November 2010 - one admitted to selling approximately two ounces of methamphetamine to WOODRUFF and the other remembered traveling with WOODRUFF to Idaho to pick up methamphetamine from another of WOODRUFF's sources of supply.

On April 30, 2010, the task force arranged for a confidential informant to buy one gram of methamphetamine from WOODRUFF. The informant gave money to WOODRUFF and WOODRUFF's boyfriend gave the drugs to the informant. The methamphetamine was tested by the DEA lab, which concluded that it was 88% pure, for a total amount of actual methamphetamine of .75 grams.

Shortly after the controlled purchase, Bozeman police officers stopped Chance Chambers. The officers searched Chambers and seized four small bags of methamphetamine with markings identical to the markings on the methamphetamine purchased from WOODRUFF by the informant - gold skulls with a black background. The officers also seized money that was later traced to the informant's drug deal with WOODRUFF.

During the spring and summer of 2010, law enforcement officers observed WOODRUFF's vehicle at the residence of known methamphetamine users and dealers, including Clay Roberts who has pled guilty o distributing a significant quantity of methamphetamine in the Bozeman area.

On December 6, 2010, WOODRUFF was interviewed in Bozeman about her involvement in the distribution of methamphetamine in Gallatin County. During that interview, WOODRUFF admitted her involvement in a drug conspiracy and provided information about several of the people from whom she obtained methamphetamine and to whom she distributed the drugs.

Voth, Chambers, and Roberts pled guilty to federal charges and have been sentenced.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that WOODRUFF will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, WOODRUFF 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 conducted by the Missouri River Drug Task Force.



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