Aaron Michael Durbin and Justin Lee Maddock Sentenced in U.S. District Court
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on June 22, 2012, before U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy, AARON MICHAEL DURBIN, age 29, and JUSTIN LEE MADDOCK, age 40, residents of Kalispell, appeared for sentencing.
DURBIN was sentenced to a term of:
House Arrest: 12 months
Special Assessment: $100
Probation: 5 years
MADDOCK was sentenced to a term of:
Prison: 9 months (with 3 months house arrest)
Special Assessment: $100
Supervised Release: 3 years
They were sentenced in connection with their guilty pleas to conspiracy to manufacture marijuana.
In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Tara J. Elliott, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
In September 2010, and continuing through March 14, 2011, DURBIN, MADDOCK, an individual identified here as "XX", and other individuals were involved in marijuana growing operations.
XX" and others were growing marijuana for the business Good Medicine Providers, Inc. The marijuana sold out of Good Medicine was grown at the locations of 115 E. Reserve St, Kalispell, Montana, 6065 US Highway 93, Olney, Montana and at the Good Medicine location itself. DURBIN assisted in transforming 6065 US Highway 93 into a large marijuana plant growing facility and helped maintain the actual marijuana production at both Good Medicine and the 6065 locations.
Investigation revealed that "XX" had been distributing large quantities of marijuana to individuals both inside and outside the state of Montana. Confidential Source #1 (CS #1) would have testified that "XX" provided CS #1 with one pound of marijuana on one occasion. CS #1 also observed "XX" provide ten pounds of marijuana to another individual.
In October 2010, CS #1 again met with "XX" at Good Medicine where "XX" fronted 5 pounds of marijuana to CS #1. Between the dates of December 22, 2010 and January 12, 2011, investigating agents conducted a total of four undercover marijuana purchases from Good Medicine Providers Inc. In addition, a search of "XX's" residence in Whitefish recovered 43 marijuana plants.
Investigation revealed MADDOCK was the operator of 115 E. Reserve, a large warehouse used to grow marijuana. A witness, Confidential Source #2, would have testified that he/she observed a past marijuana transaction being conducted at MADDOCK's residence in Whitefish. On March 14, 2011, search warrants were executed at the above locations and a total of over 1,000 marijuana plants were recovered by members of law enforcement.
Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that they will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, they do 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 a cooperative effort between Homeland Security Investigations, the Montana Department of Criminal Investigation, and the Northwest Montana Drug Task Force.