Informational: Federal Court Arraignments
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on May 6, 2010, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Carolyn S. Ostby, the following individuals were arraigned:
ARTHUR FRANKIE GOMEZ, age 35, and CONNIE ANN SOLIS, age 44, residents of Mabton, Washington, appeared on charges of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine on the Crow and Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservations. They are currently detained. If convicted of these charges, they each face possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison and could be sentenced to life, a $4,000,000 fine and at least 5 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Lori Harper Suek and Jessica T. Fehr are the prosecutors for the United States. The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Drug Enforcement Administration.
The defendants pled not guilty to the charges.
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.