Michael Anthony Young Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on June 13, 2012, before U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy, MICHAEL ANTHONY YOUNG, a 31-year-old resident of Phoenix, Arizona, pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Sentencing has been set for September 21, 2012. He is currently detained.
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:
Since November 2010, agents from Homeland Security Investigations and the Butte-Silver Bow Law Enforcement Agency have been investigating the distribution of methamphetamine in and around Butte by Gary Sheffield, Angella Parker, Julie White, and others, including YOUNG. Evidence uncovered during the investigation revealed that YOUNG's primary involvement in the conspiracy was as a transporter of methamphetamine and money between Arizona and Montana. YOUNG would travel from Butte to Arizona, often by bus, pick up meth, transport the drugs back to Butte, and take money back to Arizona. Law enforcement officers obtained records detailing some of the trips that YOUNG took to Arizona and during an interview in March 2011, YOUNG admitted his involvement and provided significant details about his role in the organization.
YOUNG faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison and could be sentenced to life, a $10,000,000 fine, and 5 years supervised release.
Sheffield, Parker, and White pled guilty to federal charges and are awaiting sentencing.
The investigation was conducted by a cooperative effort between the Homeland Security Investigations and the Butte-Silver Bow Law Enforcement Agency.