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Informational: Federal Court Arraignments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, June 09, 2010

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on June 8, 2010, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah C. Lynch, the following individuals were arraigned:

DAVID MICHAEL PULUMBO, a 23-year-old resident of Evans, Washington, appeared on a charge of conspiracy to distribute cocaine. He is currently detained. If convicted of this charge, PULUMBO faces 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 a cooperative effort between the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Missoula High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force.

PERRY PINNER, a 35-year-old resident of Missoula, appeared on a charge of conspiracy to distribute marijuana. He is currently released on special conditions. If convicted of this charge, PINNER faces 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.

RICHARD JAMES BIGG, a 31-year-old resident of Missoula, appeared on a charge of conspiracy to distribute marijuana. He is currently released on special conditions. If convicted of this charge, BIGGS faces 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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