Louis James Romero Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Court
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on August 23, 2012, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, LOUIS JAMES ROMERO, a 44-year-old resident of Seattle/Los Angeles, pled guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine. Sentencing has been set for November 26, 2012. He is currently detained.
In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica A. Betley, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
During late November 2010, an individual identified here as X.X., approached ROMERO about devising a plan and agreement to distribute cocaine from Los Angeles, California, and Seattle, Washington, to Montana. ROMERO and X.X. found individuals in Montana to distribute and sell the cocaine in Browning and Great Falls.
In early 2011, ROMERO and X.X. began supplying and fronting a confidential source (CS) with cocaine to sell in Montana. The CS was instructed by ROMERO and X.X. to return the payments from the sale of the cocaine to them. From approximately January through May of 2011, a detectable amount of cocaine was distributed in Browning and Great Falls under the direction of ROMERO and X.X..
ROMERO faces possible penalties of 30 years in prison, a $2,000,000 fine and 6 years supervised release.
The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Task Force.