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Kenneth Henry Labarre Sentenced in U.S. District Court

Thursday, September 27, 2012

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on September 25, 2012, before U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy, KENNETH HENRY LABARRE was sentenced to a term of:

Prison: 72 months

Special Assessment: $100

Supervised Release: 5 years

LABARRE was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

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

A confidential source (CS1) identified LABARRE as a Missoula methamphetamine source of supply (SOS). Since approximately mid-March 2011, LABARRE traveled to Salt Lake City, Utah, at least weekly and sometimes multiple times a week (totaling at least 22 trips) to obtain multi-ounce to pound quantities of methamphetamine from a SOS known as "Polo" and transported the methamphetamine back to Missoula for distribution. On several occasions, CS1 had seen LABARRE with multi-ounce quantities, up to 8 ounces at a time, of methamphetamine.

On June 29, 2011, law enforcement conducted a controlled purchase of 1 ounce of methamphetamine from LABARRE. Information obtained prior to the controlled purchase indicated that LABARRE had multiple ounces of methamphetamine for sale and that he wanted to sell the remaining methamphetamine as he was planning another trip within a few days to Salt Lake City to obtain additional methamphetamine.

Further investigation by law enforcement revealed that "Polo" was a multi-pound methamphetamine distributor in Salt Lake City, and that LABARRE was one of Polo's biggest customers, traveling from Montana to Utah almost weekly and sometimes multiple times a week to obtain methamphetamine to be brought back to Montana for distribution.

CS2 provided information that LABARRE and his girlfriend/wife were in Salt Lake City over the weekend of July 9th-10th, 2011, and had picked up 8-ounces of methamphetamine from "Polo". Surveillance by law enforcement confirmed that both LABARRE and his girlfriend/wife were in Salt Lake City during that same time. On July 11th, LABARRE contacted CS1 and advised that he had meth available for the CS to purchase.

On July 15, 2011, law enforcement officers conducted a second controlled purchase of 1 ounce of methamphetamine from LABARRE.

On July 20, 2011, CS1 advised that LABARRE was traveling to Utah to obtain methamphetamine from "Polo", and that LABARRE was paying Kyle William Meador to go with him to Utah and to assist with the driving. Based on this information, surveillance was coordinated in Utah which resulted in a wall off traffic stops in Davis County by Utah Highway Patrol that resulted in the seizure of approximately 5 ounces of methamphetamine. The methamphetamine was seized from LABARRE's vehicle. Meador was driving the vehicle and LABARRE was a passenger.

On March 1, 2012, Meador was interviewed by law enforcement and admitted to taking several (approximately 6) trips down to Utah with LABARRE and receiving methamphetamine in exchange for this assistance.

Meador pled guilty to federal charges and is awaiting sentencing.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that LABARRE will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, LABARRE 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 Drug Enforcement Administration and the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force.



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