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Informational: Federal Court Arraignment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, October 28, 2010

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on October 26, 2010, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah C. Lynch, the following individual was arraigned:

MATTHEW SHRULL, a 23-year-old resident of Albany, Oregon, appeared on a charge of conspiracy to distribute cocaine. He is currently released on special conditions. If convicted of this charge, SHRULL 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.

The defendant pled not guilty to the charge.

The charge, an indictment, information or complaint, is merely an accusation and any person named as a defendant is 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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