Steven Sann Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Court
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on October 15, 2012, before U.S. District Judge Dana L. Christensen, STEVEN SANN, a 58-year-old resident of Lolo, pled guilty to conspiracy to maintain drug-involved premises. Sentencing has been set for January 24, 2013. He is currently released on special conditions.
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:
Beginning in January 2011, and continuing into June 2011, SANN and others maintained a drug premises for the purpose of manufacturing marijuana. This facility was known as "The Wye" located in Missoula. "The Wye" had between 1,000 and 1,200 marijuana plants at various growth stages and was capable of producing at least 30 pounds of marijuana a month. The marijuana was distributed through Big Sky Health marijuana dispensaries to marijuana cardholders and individuals who were not marijuana cardholders.
SANN was the original owner of "The Wye" and sold the facility to another individual for approximately $300,000 over a number of months.
SANN faces possible penalties of 20 years in prison, a $500,000 fine and 3 years supervised release.
The investigation was a cooperative effort between Drug Enforcement Administration and the Missoula High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force.