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Anthony Ryan Yeverino Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Court

Friday, August 24, 2012

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, ANTHONY RYAN YEVERINO, a 19-year-old resident of Seattle/Los Angeles, pled guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine. 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, three individuals, identified here as X.X., Y.Y., and Z.Z., began devising a plan and agreement to distribute methamphetamine from Los Angeles, California, and Seattle, Washington, to Montana. YEVERINO also became involved in this agreement. The three individuals helped find people in Montana to distribute and sell the methamphetamine in Browning and Great Falls.

In early 2011, the three individuals began supplying and fronting a confidential source (CS) with methamphetamine to sell in Montana. The CS was instructed to return the payments from the sale of the methamphetamine to them. From approximately January through May of 2011, over 500 or more grams of a substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine was distributed in Browning and Great Falls under their direction.

Law enforcement then became alerted to another individual, S.S., and YEVERINO, who lived in Seattle, Washington. YEVERINO and S.S. helped assist X.X., Y.Y. and Z.Z. with the distribution of methamphetamine to Montana. On June 22, 2012, YEVERINO, X.X., and Z.Z. intended to bring approximately an additional four pounds of methamphetamine to Montana. This plan did not occur on that date, however, they agreed to bring the methamphetamine a few days later, on June 27, 2012.

X.X., Z.Z., YEVERINO, and S.S. agreed that YEVERINO would bring the methamphetamine by train from Seattle to Shelby. X.X. paid for YEVERINO's train ticket, and S.S. drove YEVERINO to the train station. YEVERINO had 500 or more grams of a substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine concealed under his shirt. Law enforcement arrested YEVERINO in Shelby.

YEVERINO 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 .

The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Task Force.



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