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Brent Eugene Bailey Sentenced in U.S. District Court

Friday, September 14, 2012

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on September 13, 2012, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, BRENT EUGENE BAILEY, a 43-year-old resident of Great Falls, appeared for sentencing. BAILEY was sentenced to a term of:

  • Prison: 312 months
  • Special Assessment: $100
  • Supervised Release: 10 years

BAILEY was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to conspiracy possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine.

In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bryan R. Whittaker, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:

On August 27, 2010, Central Montana Drug Task Force agents received information that BAILEY was currently en route from Great Falls to Spokane, Washington, to pick up narcotics. BAILEY returned to Great Falls at approximately 8:00 p.m. Agents learned that BAILEY had in fact brought narcotics from Spokane to Great Falls. They then positioned themselves outside of BAILEY's apartment in preparation to conduct a probation search.

At approximately 8:25 p.m., agents observed a white male in a light colored t-shirt exit the front of the apartment building carrying a dark colored back pack on his back. The individual walked up to a bicycle that appeared to be chained up. Agents recognized the individual as BAILEY. They followed BAILEY who traveled eastbound on a bicycle. Agents then identified themselves as law enforcement and BAILEY began to flee, momentarily getting away from them. Shortly thereafter, agents arrested BAILEY though he was no longer in possession of the bicycle and backpack.

One of the agents noticed there were several bystanders in the area, including an individual with a van containing various pieces of equipment including ladders. This subject indicated he was working near his van and observed BAILEY attempting to throw his backpack onto the roof of a building just to the north of where he was working. The bystander stated he observed BAILEY make five or six attempts to throw his backpack onto the roof before he was successful. A black and red backpack situated on the top of the building could be seen. The witness let agents use a ladder to recover the backpack.

Agents opened the backpack and found a Hefty brand plastic bag containing a white crystal substance which was methamphetamine. Other items found in the backpack were a Pro Scale digital scale in the box and numerous small plastic bags commonly used by drug distributors to package smaller amounts of narcotics. Agents then searched BAILEY's apartment and located a plastic bag containing what appeared to be approximately 3 to 4 ounces of a white, crystal-like substance which was methamphetamine. This bag was found in the kitchen on a small portable shelf.

When interviewed, BAILEY admitted he traveled to Spokane, Washington earlier in the day where he had agreed to purchase 4 ounces of methamphetamine from a female source of supply to bring back to Montana for distribution. He met the female in a casino where he obtained the methamphetamine to bring back to Montana.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that BAILEY will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, BAILEY 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 conducted by the Central Montana Drug Task Force.



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