Jaime Jean Moran 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 22, 2012, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, JAIME JEAN MORAN, a 31-year-old resident of Butte, pled guilty to possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine. Sentencing has been set for September 10, 2012. She is currently detained.
In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Paulette L. Stewart, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
In Great Falls on March 15, 2012, MORAN possessed approximately 12 ounces of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute it.
On that date, MORAN provided two ounces of methamphetamine that was ultimately sold to two undercover officers by her co-defendants.
After that purchase, the officers learned that MORAN supplied the methamphetamine. The officers executed a search warrant at MORAN's hotel room in Great Falls. The officers located approximately 10 ounces of methamphetamine. The officers also located two digital scales and other items used in drug distribution.
An analysis by a chemist confirmed that all of the purported methamphetamine purchased from MORAN's co-defendants as well as the substance recovered from her hotel room in this case did contain methamphetamine. The lab weights for the methamphetamine attributable to MORAN is approximately 346 grams of substances containing methamphetamine.
MORAN faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of 5 years and could be sentenced to 40 years, a $5,000,000 fine, and four years supervised release.
The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Montana Division of Criminal Investigation, the U.S. Air Force - Office of Special Investigations, the Drug Enforcement Administration Chemist, the Great Falls Police Department, and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.