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Lucas Joseph Brennan Sentenced in U.S. District Court

Thursday, October 25, 2012

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on October 25, 2012, before U.S. District Judge Dana L. Christensen, LUCAS JOSEPH BRENNAN, a 20-year-old resident of Columbia Falls, appeared for sentencing. BRENNAN was sentenced to a term of:

Prison: 60 months

Special Assessment: $100

Supervised Release: 4 years

BRENNAN 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 Tara J. Elliott, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:

On February 27, 2012, in Kalispell, Montana agents from HSI, Montana Division of Criminal Investigations (DCI) and the Northwestern Montana Drug Task Force (NWDTF) arrested Ramon 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 in Kalispell. J.B. stated the methamphetamine belonged in part to Gaspar-Ochoa and that J.B. saw Gaspar-Ochoa and BRENNAN pull the methamphetamine out of the engine compartment of a white Cadillac Deville. J.B. also advised that he had seen Gaspar-Ochoa 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 one pound of methamphetamine located under the stairs. Agents re-interviewed J.B. who stated that BRENNAN, a friend of his who doesn't have a home and stays with J.B. on occasion, had three friends coming up from Arizona. BRENNAN asked J.B. if the three friends could stay at J.B.'s residence for a while and J.B. agreed. J.B. stated that he knew that the three individuals had come up from Phoenix for the purpose of transporting drugs. J.B. further stated that he was to receive some new clothes and money for rent in exchange for allowing BRENNAN's three friends to stay at the residence and keeping methamphetamine at the residence.

Gaspar-Ochoa pled guilty to federal charges and has been sentenced.

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



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