Justin Roy Smith Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on May 21, 2012, before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, JUSTIN ROY SMITH, a 29-year-old resident of Laurel, pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Sentencing has been set for August 22, 2012. He is currently detained.
In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Marcia K. Hurd, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
SMITH came to the attention of law enforcement in Big Horn County and on the Crow and Northern Cheyenne Reservations as a distributor of methamphetamine for another individual beginning in approximately 2006.
SMITH was on state probation for a drug offense in 2011, when it appeared that he was continuing to obtain methamphetamine from this individual and redistributing it. When questioned, SMITH admitted that he had been getting methamphetamine from this individual for the past year and redistributing it to others for profit as he had a hard time paying his bills.
SMITH faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of 5 years and could be sentenced to 40 years, a $2,000,000 fine, and 5 years supervised release.
The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Montana Division of Criminal Investigation, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.a