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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Montana

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Frank Xavier Manyen And Julie Ann Rozell Sentenced In U.S. District Court

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on May 22, 2013, before U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy, FRANK XAVIER MANYEN, a 32-year-old resident of Laurel, and JULIE ANN ROZELL, a 38-year-old resident of Billings, appeared for sentencing.

MANYEN was sentenced to a term of:

Prison: 60 months

Special Assessment: $100

Community Service: 400 hours

Supervised Release: 4 years

ROZELL was sentenced to a term of:

Prison: 57 months

Special Assessment: $100

Community Service: 400 hours

Supervised Release: 5 years

They were sentenced in connection with their guilty pleas to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of methamphetamine.

In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica T. Fehr, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:

In October of 2010, the FBI Safe Streets Task Force (BSSSTF) received information about a large scale methamphetamine distribution organization operating in Yellowstone County.

In the spring of 2011, law enforcement began performing electronic surveillance on C.M., an individual living in Billings. Investigators discovered that C.M., D.M. and A.H. began supplying the larger methamphetamine organization in late 2010 with methamphetamine after the prior source of supply had a run in with law enforcement. C.M., D.M. and A.H., had several distributors that sold the methamphetamine for the organization. One of the distributors was ROZELL. ROZELL admitted to distributing approximately four pounds of methamphetamine for the organization. One of her distributors was MANYEN.

During the investigation law enforcement learned that MANYEN was a distributor of methamphetamine for ROZELL from approximately March 2011, and continuing thereafter until late January 2012. MANYEN worked with Heather Manyen to distribute the methamphetamine obtained from ROZELL - MANYEN and Heather Manyen together distributed the methamphetamine they obtained from ROZELL in the greater Billings area. MANYEN and Heather Manyen obtained approximately 700 grams of methamphetamine from ROZELL, which they in turn distributed to their own customers.

Heather Manyen pled guilty to federal charges and is awaiting sentencing.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that they will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, they do 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 conducted by the Billings Big Sky Safe Streets Task Force and High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force.

Updated January 14, 2015