My name is Gloria Wells. In 2008 and in 2009, I, along with 33 other Bozeman citizens were arrested for distribution of dangerous drugs, possession of dangerous drugs, and an assortment of whatever charges the Missouri River Drug Task Force decided to trump up. Out of us 33, the bond charged for the arrests ranged from $250,000.00 (mine only, the highest) to $3000.00, and totaled over 1 million dollars. Yes 1 Million dollars was charged for bond, out of that price mine alone was $325,000.00, approximately one-third of the total bond was mine. Out of 33 individuals I alone held one-third of the total bond……I want to say right from the start I have never denied being a drug user. I gave presentation at many seminars and gatherings regarding drug use. I was on the front page of the Helena Newspaper when I gave presentation on the Montana Meth Project, admitting my use.
What I never have been and never will be is the drug King Pin of Gallatin County as described by the law enforcement to the Bozeman Chronicle. I was held in the Gallatin County jail for 13 months, while the cops allowed my home to be robbed, my automobiles to be stolen, and my artwork ripped off. The pawn shops are full of my belongings and they said I gave permission for that to happen. I lost 170 thousand dollars worth of equity in one of my rentals, due to my not being able to make payments.
After they held me for 13 months, the Judge dismissed the charges due to the prosecuting attorneys’ failure to produce the discovery we had been requesting all along, (lack of speedy trial.) It is against the law to be held on a bond that one cannot afford. On three different occasions when I was speaking to individuals to help me with bond those people received calls from the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Deputies and the jailers, who told the people not to assist me in any manner or” They would not be in good standing with the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Department.” Can I prove this you betcha!
I was forced to deal with guards who told me they were going to wipe their ass with my pills and then make me eat them. I have copies of the complaints I wrote on the jailer who said it. I was forced to strip searches by a guard who made me do this in front of male guards. Can I prove this you betcha!
The door of my cell was opened by male jailers when I was going to the bathroom and when I tried to pull the door shut so I could finish before they handed me my breakfast they jerked the door even wider to expose me to others. Can I prove this you betcha!
Now I am out and in my home I have been followed by the cops, ignored by the cops, my home
continually broken into, and they refuse to take theft reports of property that is being stolen from the Huffine Family, because they say it is not my property. Can I prove this you betcha!
I have been ordered off property I have paid taxes on since 1998 by the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Department, which is overstepping their limits, and I have been arrested for locking the gate so the Huffines’ personal property would not be stolen. To no avail.
I have filed over 75 reports of stolen property of the Huffines’ and the cops refuse to do anything about it, or do a follow-up. My civil rights have been so violated by the good old boys system and it reaches all the way to the Governor.
By the newspaper reports the law has defined me. I cannot get an attorney to represent me as to do so would be social taboo.
I would not write this if I could not prove this. I have filed a civil rights lawsuit under 42, USC 1983. I have filed a lawsuit against two Judges for the violation of civil rights also.
I am a student at MSU and have been approved to work as a volunteer at the Montana State Prison, yet the stigma remains.,,,,,and I , I am the lucky one, they sentenced Eldon Huffine to 30 years in prison for violation of a restraining order….misdemeanors….30 years….CODE OF THE WEST.