Ramon Gaspar-Ochoa Sentenced in U.S. District Court
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on October 5, 2012, before U.S. District Judge Dana L. Christensen, RAMON GASPAR-OCHOA, a 27-year-old citizen of Mexico, appeared for sentencing. GASPAR-OCHOA was sentenced to a term of:
Prison: 262 months
Special Assessment: $200
GASPAR-OCHOA 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:
On February 27, 2012, in Kalispell, agents arrested GASPAR-OCHOA and two other individuals subsequent to a seizure of approximately one pound of methamphetamine. Agents determined that GASPAR-OCHOA and the other two individuals had transported approximately three pounds of methamphetamine to Montana from Arizona and that the methamphetamine was being stored at a residence in Kalispell.
On February 26, 2012, law enforcement officers received information from J.B. who advised that he had located a large amount of methamphetamine inside the bathroom at his residence located in Kalispell. J.B. stated the methamphetamine belonged, in part, to GASPAR-OCHOA. J.B. also advised that he had seen GASPAR-OCHOA (who he knew as Juan) with an extremely large amount of cash on him.
On February 27, 2012, agents applied for and received a state search warrant for the residence in Kalispell. During the search, agents located approximately 1 pound of methamphetamine located under the stairs.
While agents were securing the Kalispell residence, other officers were conducting surveillance of a hotel room in south Kalispell. Agents observed two males and a female exit the motel room and get in the white Cadillac Deville. The Cadillac turned northbound out of the motel parking lot and preceded north on U.S. Highway 93 into Kalispell. The Cadillac was pulled over by a Kalispell Police Department marked unit along with agents from the NWDTF. The occupants of the vehicle were identified as RAMON GASPAR-OCHOA, J.L.B. and M.B.D. All three were transported to the Flathead County Detention Center. Both GASPAR-OCHOA and the other male individual were interviewed and officers verified that both individuals were Mexican nationals without status in United States. GASPAR-OCHOA had been previously deported on two occasions.
Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that GASPAR-OCHOA will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, GASPAR-OCHOA 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 U.S. Department of Homeland Security - Homeland Security Investigations, the Northwest Montana Drug Task Force, and the Montana Division of Criminal Investigation.