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

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Idaho Man Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Conspiracy to Distribute Meth in Missoula

MISSOULA – Stephon Elijah Coakley, 20, of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, was sentenced today in Missoula federal court for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine.  Coakley was indicted on two drug related charges on March 20, 2015.  On September 23, 2015, Coakley pleaded guilty to count I: conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute controlled substances.  Chief U.S. District Court Judge Dana Christensen sentenced Coakley to 60 months’ incarceration.  Following his release, Coakley will be subject to four years of supervised release.

In an offer of proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Cyndee Peterson, the government stated that if the case had proceeded to trial, the government would have demonstrated that between February and November of 2014, Coakley supplied meth to co-conspirator Yusuf Reeves and conspired with Reeves and two other co-conspirators to bring methamphetamine into Missoula County for distribution.  During that time, the co-conspirators possessed and distributed 50 grams or more of a substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Cyndee Peterson and investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Montana Violent Crime Task Force, Missoula Street Crimes Unit, Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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MELISSA HORNBEIN, Public Information Officer, (406) 457-5277
Updated January 6, 2016