Courtney Cal Gardenier Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Court
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on December 19, 2012, before U.S. District Judge Dana L. Christensen, COURTNEY CAL GARDENIER, a 25-year-old resident of Scottsdale, Arizona, pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute ecstasy. Sentencing has been set for April 4, 2013.
In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Racicot, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
On November 3, 2011, Homeland Security Investigations ("HSI") was notified by agents from Customs and Border Protection ("CBP") in Chicago that two shipments of ecstasy were received at the mail facility. The packages were sent from Canada and were bound for Bozeman. One contained 22 grams and the other 23 grams of powder MDMA/ecstasy.
On November 9, 2011, a Postal Inspector conducted controlled deliveries of both packages and law enforcement subsequently searched both residences and interviewed the recipients of the packages. The recipients provided detailed information about their involvement in the conspiracy and identified GARDENIER as their point of contact to obtain the drugs. One recipient agreed to cooperate with law enforcement and eventually ordered approximately 1,000 tablets of suspected ecstasy from GARDENIER. Those pills were seized from GARDENIER following a controlled delivery and the DEA lab analyzed the pills and determined that they contained N-benzlypiperazine, or BZP, which is a Schedule I controlled substance.
GARDENIER was interviewed by law enforcement on November 22, 2011, following the controlled delivery of the BZP pills. She admitted that she had been involved in the distribution of both powdered MDMA and ecstasy pills and identified her sources of supply. Based on her statements and the statements of other witnesses, law enforcement estimated that GARDENIER distributed approximately nine ounces of MDMA during the life of the conspiracy, in addition to the BZP pills.
GARDENIER faces possible penalties of 20 years in prison, a $1,000,000 fine and 3 years supervised release.
The investigation was a cooperative effort between the U.S. Department of Homeland Security - Homeland Security Investigations and the Missouri River Drug Task Force.