ATF

Sample Block


Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of Montana

www.justice.gov/usao/mt

For Immediate Release

August 8, 2012

Michael W. Cotter, United States Attorney

Contact: Jessica T. Fehr
(406) 247- 4637

THADDEUS CLINTON JONES SENTENCED IN U.S. DISTRICT COURT

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on August 8, 2012, before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, THADDEUS CLINTON JONES, a 35-year-old resident of Las Vegas, Nevada, appeared for sentencing. JONES was sentenced to a term of:

  • Prison: 134 months
  • Special Assessment: $1,600
  • Supervised Release: 5 years

JONES was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, distribution of methamphetamine, conspiracy to distribute cocaine, distribution or attempted distribution of cocaine, and being a felon-in-possession of a firearm.

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

JONES and Tamra Michelle Brister made contact with an undercover law enforcement agent in Billings in 2011. The two conspired with others yet unknown to distribute methamphetamine on two occasions to the undercover agent in Billings.

On June 15, 2011, the two distributed 27.3 grams of pure meth. JONES sent the meth from out of town to Brister's house and Brister arranged for delivery to the undercover agent.

On August 6, 2011, the two delivered 26.6 grams of pure methamphetamine to the undercover agent.

JONES, Brister and another person conspired with each other and others yet unknown to distribute cocaine to an undercover agent in Billings.

On April 21, JONES delivered 14 grams of cocaine to the undercover agent.

On April 25, JONES delivered 6.4 grams of cocaine to the undercover agent and sold the agent a Smith & Wesson, Model SW40VE, .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol. As a convicted felon, JONES was prohibited from possessing firearms.

On May 23, JONES delivered 34.6 grams of what was purported to be cocaine to the undercover agent and on May 24, JONES delivered 45.1 grams of what was purported to be cocaine to the undercover agent.

On May 31, JONES delivered 41.8 grams of what was purported to be cocaine to the undercover agent.

On June 1, JONES delivered 23.6 grams of what was purported to be cocaine to the undercover agent.

On June 15, JONES sent 40.0 grams of cocaine to Brister and she arranged for it to be distributed to the undercover agent.

On July 8, JONES delivered 70.8 grams of cocaine to the undercover agent.

On July 29, JONES and another person distributed 33.0 grams of cocaine to the undercover agent.

On August 16, 2011, JONES and Brister distributed 30.5 grams of what was purported to be cocaine to the undercover agent.

On September 9, JONES delivered 14.9 grams of cocaine to the undercover agent.

A DEA lab expert confirmed the weights and purity of the methamphetamine and the cocaine, both Schedule II controlled substances.

Brister pled guilty to federal charges and has been sentenced.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that JONES will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, JONES does 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 ATF.

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