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Douglas Edward Heath Sentenced in U.S. District Court

Thursday, September 13, 2012

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on September 13, 2012, before U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy, DOUGLAS EDWARD HEATH, a 47-year-old resident of Helena, appeared for sentencing. HEATH was sentenced to a term of:

  • Prison: 108 months
  • Special Assessment: $100
  • Supervised Release: 4 years

HEATH 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 the years 2010 and 2011, HEATH was identified as a methamphetamine distributor in the Helena area.

Law enforcement made five controlled drug purchases from HEATH. The purchases were for as little as one gram of methamphetamine and as much as two ounces of methamphetamine, for a rough total of 3.5 ounces of methamphetamine.

Later, HEATH admitted to his participation in obtaining and distributing methamphetamine in the Helena area. HEATH traveled to Billings or Washington State for his methamphetamine in 2010 and 2011. HEATH would meet his Washington source of supply in Spokane or Yakima. HEATH stated that, for approximately a three-month time period, HEATH purchased one-half of a pound of methamphetamine every week. HEATH would distribute the methamphetamine to others in the Helena area.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that HEATH will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, HEATH 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 Montana Division of Criminal Investigation, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security - Homeland Security Investigations, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.



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