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Informational: Federal Court Arraignments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, November 04, 2010

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on November 4, 2010, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah C. Lynch, the following individuals were arraigned:

CHRISTOPHER MAURICE, a 34-year-old resident of Auburn, Washington, appeared on charges of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine. He is currently detained. If convicted of these charges, MAURICE faces 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. Attorney Tara J. Elliott is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration.

KIMBERLY McCRACKEN, a 47-year-old resident of Ogden, Utah, appeared on charges of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine. She is currently detained. If convicted of these charges, MAURICE faces 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. 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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