News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: February 27, 2012
Contact: Mike Turner
Number: 720-895-4214

Federal Methamphetamine Charges
for Four in Montana Indian Reservations

February 27 (Billings, MT) The United States Attorney’s Office announced today that during a federal court session in Billings, on February 27, 2012, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Carolyn S. Ostby, the following individuals were arraigned on federal drug charges.

Leroy Melvin Smith, Jr., a 59-year-old resident of Hardin, appeared on charges of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, and distribution of methamphetamine.

Christie Ann Medicine Tail, a 34-year-old resident of Crow Agency, appeared on charges of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and distribution of methamphetamine.

Crystal Gretchen Nomee, a 34-year-old resident of Lodge Grass, appeared on charges of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine.

Kendra Dale Arcoren, age 27-old-year transient, Sheri Denise Dick, age 44, Mark David Mehling, age 51, Talean Colleen Ralston, age 27, residents of Hardin, and Justin Roy Smith, a 29-year-old resident of Laurel, appeared on charges of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine.

Arcoren, Justin Smith, Medicine Tail, and Leroy Smith are currently detained.  Dick, Mehling, Ralston and Nomee were released on special conditions. 

If convicted of these charges, each defendant faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum 10 years in prison and could be sentenced to life, a $4,000,000 fine and five years supervised release.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Marcia K. Hurd is the prosecutor for the United States.  This investigation was a cooperative effort between the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Montana Department of Criminal Investigation, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

The defendants pled not guilty to the charges.

The events are alleged to have occurred in Big Horn County and on the Crow and Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservations.

The charge, an indictment, information or complaint, is merely an accusation and all persons named as defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.  A pre-trial conference and a trial date will be set and the United States will be required to prove the allegations set forth in the indictment beyond a reasonable doubt.

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