Kuipers sentenced on meth charges

Posted: 7th September 2012 by Doc in Uncategorized
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Arthur Dennis Kuipers of Helena has been sentenced to 70 months in prison for distributing methamphetamine.

During 2010 and 2011, law enforcement made four controlled drug purchases from Kuipers.

Kuipers, 61 years old, usually obtained the drugs from sources in Helena.

He possessed and distributed around 260 grams of meth.

When questioned by authorities, he admitted to obtaining and distributing drugs.

The following information was released by the U.S. Attorney’s Office:

KUIPERS was sentenced to a term of:

? Prison: 70 months

? Special Assessment: $100

? Supervised Release: 4 years

KUIPERS was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine.

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

During 2010 and 2011, KUIPERS was identified as a methamphetamine distributor in the Helena area. Law enforcement made four controlled drug purchases from KUIPERS.

KUIPERS usually obtained his methamphetamine an 8-ball at a time from various sources in Helena. Some of the methamphetamine was shipped in from California, but most of the methamphetamine was obtained from sources of supply in Washington state.

KUIPERS possessed and distributed approximately 260 grams of methamphetamine mixtures in the Helena area during 2010 and 2011.

When questioned, KUIPERS admitted to his participation in obtaining and distributing methamphetamine.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the “truth in sentencing” guidelines mandate that KUIPERS will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, KUIPERS does have the opportunity to earn a sentence reduction for “good behavior.” However, this reduction will not exceed 15% of the overall sentence.






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