Spencer Glenn Price Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Court
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on December 12, 2012, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, SPENCER GLENN PRICE, a 46-year-old resident of Great Falls, pled guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Sentencing has been set for March 18, 2013. He is currently detained.
In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica A. Betley, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
In July 2012, law enforcement learned PRICE was potentially involved in methamphetamine distribution around Great Falls. Law enforcement searched PRICE's home around that time and found numerous items of drug paraphernalia, as well as five empty small zip lock bags with a red die design commonly used for methamphetamine distribution.
Law enforcement returned to speak with PRICE a few days later. PRICE answered and told the officers he had recently gone out of state to purchase methamphetamine and he had four ounces of methamphetamine under the couch. Great Falls detectives found and seized cash, methamphetamine, empty sandwich bags with methamphetamine residue, and rolling paper.
PRICE agreed to speak further with detectives and said he began traveling in June to Spokane, Washington, to buy methamphetamine to bring back to Great Falls. Around June 1, 2012, he purchased a half ounce of methamphetamine for $600. Approximately two weeks later he purchased an additional one ounce of methamphetamine for $1200.00. Two weeks later, he purchased two ounces of methamphetamine for $2,400. On his most recent trip to Spokane, just a few days before, he purchased four ounces of methamphetamine for $4,800. PRICE had not yet sold the four ounces of methamphetamine.
PRICE faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of 5 years and could be sentenced to 40 years, a $4,000,000 fine, and 4 years supervised release.
The investigation was conducted by the Russell County Drug Task Force.