Arthur Dennis Kuipers Sentenced in U.S. District Court
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on September 5, 2012, before U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy, ARTHUR DENNIS KUIPERS, a 61-year-old resident of Helena, appeared for sentencing. KUIPERS was sentenced to a term of:
Prison: 70 months
Special Assessment: $100
Supervised Release: 4 years
KUIPERS was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine.
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:
During 2010 and 2011, KUIPERS was identified as a methamphetamine distributor in the Helena area. Law enforcement made four controlled drug purchases from KUIPERS.
KUIPERS usually obtained his methamphetamine an 8-ball at a time from various sources in Helena. Some of the methamphetamine was shipped in from California, but most of the methamphetamine was obtained from sources of supply in Washington state.
KUIPERS possessed and distributed approximately 260 grams of methamphetamine mixtures in the Helena area during 2010 and 2011.
When questioned, KUIPERS admitted to his participation in obtaining and distributing methamphetamine.
Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that KUIPERS will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, KUIPERS does 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 the Missouri River Drug Task Force, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Montana Division of Criminal Investigation, the Helena Police Department, the Lewis and Clark Sheriff's Office, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office, the Bozeman Police Department, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security - Homeland Security Investigations, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.