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Informational: Federal Court Arraignments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 26, 2010

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on May 24, 2010, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah C. Lynch, the following individuals were arraigned:

ROBERT MAURER, age 23, and CASEY BELL, age 22, residents of Missoula, appeared on charges of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and possession with the intent to distribute cocaine. They are currently released on special conditions. If convicted of these charges, they each face possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of 5 years in prison and could be sentenced to 40 years, a $2,000,000 fine and at least 4 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tara J. Elliott is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by 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.

 

 

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