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FATHER AND SON SENTENCED FOR FLATHEAD COCAINE CONSPIRACY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, August 01, 2014

MISSOULA -Whitefish father and son, Scott Joseph Hineman, 60, and Benjamin Scott Hineman, 29, were sentenced on July 31, 2014 for conspiracy to distribute cocaine in the Flathead, Montana area. Both defendants were sentenced after pleading guilty on April 22, 2014. Benjamin Hineman was sentenced to 60 months in prison, 5 years supervised release, and $100 special assessment. Scott Hineman was sentenced to 120 month in prison, 5 years supervised release, and $100 special assessment. In addition, Scott Hineman was ordered to forfeit $75,000 and a Harley Davidson motorcycle.

In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Tara Elliott,

June of 2012, members of the Northwest Drug Task Force (NWDTF) received information from a confidential informant (CI) indicating that Scott Hineman was distributing cocaine in the Flathead, Montana area.

From June of 2012 through March of 2013, the CI purchased varying amounts of cocaine from Hineman at the direction and under the supervision of members of the NWDTF. On April 9, 2013, the NWDTF obtained and executed a search warrant at Hineman's residence. They recovered 828 grams of cocaine and six firearms from the residence.

Hineman later spoke with members of law enforcement and admitted to traveling to Arizona to purchase kilogram quantities of cocaine and re-distributing the cocaine in the Flathead area.

In March of 2013, members of the Northwest Drug Task Force (NWDTF) received information from a confidential informant (CI) indicating that Ben Hineman was distributing cocaine in the Flathead, Montana area. The CI indicated that he had been purchasing cocaine from Hineman for the previous three years approximately twice a month in 1/4 pound quantities. The CI had just purchased five ounces of cocaine from Hineman and gave members of the NWDTF the two ounces he had remaining.

On March 22, 2013, the CI purchased four ounces of cocaine from Hineman at the direction and under the supervision of members of the NWDTF. The CI also paid Hineman $4500 that was owed from the previous purchase of five ounces of cocaine.

On April 9, 2013, the NWDTF obtained and executed a search warrant at Hineman's residence. They recovered 68 grams of cocaine and one firearm from the residence.

The investigation was conducted by Homeland Security Investigations and the Northwest Drug Task Force.

 

 

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