Informational: Federal Court Arraignments
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on June 10, 2010, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Carolyn S. Ostby, the following individuals were arraigned:
CAMERON SHAWAYNE SMITH, age 28, and VINCENT JOSEPH CAROSONE, age 49, residents of Billings, appeared on charges of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute/distribution of 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 James E. Seykora is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Montana Division of Criminal Investigation.
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.