Apr 27, 2010 9:48 AM
A Butte woman has been sentenced to 63 months in prison after pleading guilty to distributing methamphetamine.
Moriah Rose Beckman, 19, appeared before U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy in federal court on Thursday, April 22 where she was also ordered by pay $13,172.57 in restitution and serve five years supervised release.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Butte-Silver Bow Law Enforcement Agency, and the Southwest Montana Drug Task Force have been investigating a methamphetamine-trafficking organization in the Butte area since 2008, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. The organization is accused for distributing pounds of meth in Silver Bow, Jefferson, Lewis and Clark, and Gallatin Counties.
On Oct.8, 2009, Anthony Kerner, one of Beckman's alleged co-conspirators bonded her out of the Jefferson County Detention Center in Boulder. The pair then reportedly drove to Montana City to sell three ounces of methamphetamine to a confidential informant. Before the deal transpired, Beckman and Kerner were stopped and arrested. Officers searched the vehicle they were driving and reportedly seized six ounces of meth.
During an interview Oct. 13, 2009, Beckman admitted to being involved in the conspiracy and said she bought eight-ball quantities of methamphetamine every day during the summer of 2009 to distribute, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Kerner pleaded guilty to federal charges and is awaiting sentencing.
The investigation was a cooperative effort between the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Butte-Silver Bow Law Enforcement Agency, and the Southwest Montana Drug Task Force.