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Case Number: 1:20-cr-00057-SPW
Judge: Susan P. Watters
Court: United States District Court for the District of Montana (Yellowstone County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States District Attorney’s Office
Description: Billings, Montana criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with drug trafficking.
Robert Joseph Speelman, 48, was charged wth possession with intent to distribute meth.
Ahe government alleged that on Jan. 21, 2020, a Bureau of Indian Affairs canine officer, while on patrol on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation, saw Speelman, a known drug user and dealer on the reservation, sitting in his truck on the side of the road. Speelman had outstanding tribal warrants. A cursory search by the officer in a subsequent arrest resulted in the recovery of a small amount of meth. There also was a rifle mounted above the back window. The truck was impounded and searched, which resulted in the recovery of about 68 grams of meth, $179 in cash and two more firearms.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Lori H. Suek prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
21:841A=CD.F POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE METHAMPHETAMINE; 21:853 FORFEITURE ALLEGATION
Outcome: Defendant was sentenced to 10 years in prison to be followed by five years of supervised release and was assessed $100.00.